JOHANNESBURG – Chippa United have wasted no time in revamping their squad ahead of the 2018-19 season as they look to solidify their PSL status.
Boikanyo Komane, Ntuxeko Nation Ndlovu and Lucky Setelele have all been added to the Port Elizabeth-based franchise with the club also welcoming back Dan Malesela as the coach.
Malesela rejoins the Chilli Boys just eight months after being shown the door and is thankful for another opportunity with the club.
“I am grateful to be back. I really appreciate that the chairman is presenting me with this opportunity again,” he said. “I believe in fate, it is what has brought us back together.”
Malesela will be able to call upon the services of three new players, who are all stepping up from the National First Division.
Boikanyo Komane (Royal Eagles) and Ntuxeko Ndlovu (Cape Town All Stars) have arrived to bolster Chippa’s midfield resources with Ndlovu’s Cape Town All Stars teammate Lucky Setelele also making the move.
Setelele will provide Malesela with an extra dimension in attack for a side that mustered just seven wins in the league last season.
Dan Malesela will make a return to Chippa United next season, Chairman Siviwe Mpengesi announced today.— Chippa United FC (@ChippaUnitedFC) May 27, 2018
CUFC’s longest serving coach, Dan Malesela will take over the reins from Vladislav Heric who will move over to the Development.
Mbuyiselo Sambu will assist Malesela pic.twitter.com/nmtb9jbzXt
The flurry of arrivals comes with the news of club stalwart Buyani Sali’s release on a free transfer following protracted negotiations over a new deal which ultimately proved to be futile.
“As the football club, we did all [that was] possible to keep the player at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Negotiations have completely broken down and the player will depart at the end of the season," said the club in a statement.
Sali joined the club in 2010 and went on to serve in midfield with distinction helping the club to PSL promotion and later consolidation of their place in the league.
Also stepping up from the NFD is highly-rated Ubuntu FC defender Luke Fleurs from Mitchells Plain.
The South Africa Under-20 international will join SuperSport United on a long-term loan after impressing in his maiden season in the NFD."
African News Agency (ANA)