Mpengesi: Why I hired Duran Francis

Premiership

Chippa Mpengesi has explained his appointment of former Bay United captain Duran Francis as Chippa United's new caretaker coach.

The 42-year-old, who was coach of the club's ABC Motsepe League side Peacemakers, has replaced Clinton Larsen in the hotseat after he was relieved of his duties on Monday.

READ: Larsen: Why I was sacked

His first assignment as Chilli Boys coach is on Saturday when they host Bloemfontein Celtic in a league match at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Mpengesi has confirmed that Mbuyiselo Sambu will remain the assistant coach.

"Duran Francis has been part of the club development. His appointment is just continuity as he understands the culture of the club and the way the club is operating. He is also a local boy," Mpengesi tells KickOff.com.

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"It feels good when we are promoting our own local talent. We also did it with Daine Klate. It also feels good to see these young coaches like Benni McCarthy, Fadlu Davids and Rhulani Mokwena getting these kind of opportunities.

"I always believe in giving people opportunities. I mean we have done it with Roger Sikhakhane, Tebogo Moloi and Dan Malesela."

Mpengesi has assured the former Santos and Ajax Cape Town defender of his full support during his tenure.

"He has my full support. If he does well, he has a chance to continue until the end," Mpengesi adds.

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