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The Premier Soccer League (PSL) hasn’t even had time to build up a proper head of steam and already the first coach has been fired.
Yesterday, Chippa United, after two successive defeats in their debut season in the PSL, parted ways with Manqoba Mngqithi, the man they installed as coach only at the beginning of the season.
The new Cape PSL club has had a fairy-tale run of glory since its inception two years ago.
After winning the Second Division and then emerging victorious from the First Division promotion play-offs, they amazingly found themselves among the elite clubs in football’s top flight.
Last season, they won promotion to the Premier League by coach Roger Sikhakhane, who was immediately demoted after the club went up.
Mngqithi, a former coach of Golden Arrows and AmaZulu, was brought in. But with just two games played in the league campaign, and Chippa having lost both – 1-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns and 2-1 to Free State Stars – the coach has quickly been shown the door.
The favourite to succeed Mngqithi is current Thanda Royal Zulu coach Professor Ngubane, while the name of Ian Gorowa has also been mentioned.
Ngubane, one of the great footballers to have graced South African fields, had a brief spell as coach of Chippa last season. When he left, Sikhakhane was installed.
Gorowa is a former coach of Moroka Swallows and was also previously an assistant coach at Ajax Cape Town.
Chippa, at this stage, remain tight-lipped about the coaching position.
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