Chabalala's January move from Orlando Pirates to the Chilli Boys on a six-month loan deal was itself a surprise, with the defender having produced several notable performances for the Buccaneers in 2016.
Chippa, meanwhile, won many admires for their slick-passing style of football in the first-half of the season, although their defensive frailties were also well documented, having at one stage endured a run of eight successive defeats.
At his unveiling yesterday at Chippa's press conference, along with fellow Pirates players Donald Mokondelela and Sello Japhta, Chabalala was audibly excited by the new challenge in Port Elizabeth and believes they can make big improvements on their current league standing of 11th.
"I want to say I'm happy to play for Chippa United and I'm very happy to be here," said Chabalala.
"I'm here to achieve something and to get some success and I think we can do better.
"Of course I've seen Chippa play before and I've played against Chippa and they're playing nice football and it's like England football, [but] I think we can do better than we're doing before I came here.
"I think I'll bring something here. Like the coach said, we're struggling at the back so for me with my confidence, I'll work for this team and I think, because we're working together as the team, we laugh, we will achieve something.
"Like I said, I'm going to do my work and I'm going to do better for the team."
Chabalala's first game for Chippa, who sit on 16 points from 14 league matches so far, will be against Baroka FC next week Tuesday at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.