Teboho Moloi (left) and chairman Siviwe 'Chippa' Mpengesi following the announcement of Moloi's appointment as Chippa United interim coach on Thursday. Photo: @ChippaUnitedFC via Twitter

EAST LONDON – Chippa United announced on Thursday that Teboho Moloi is going to take over the reins as the interim coach after the expulsion of Dan ‘Dance’ Malesela on Wednesday night.

The axe fell on Malesela’s neck on Wednesday after the Chilli Boys were humiliated 3-1 by Baroka FC in an Absa Premiership game at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Tuesday.

Just under four weeks into the new PSL season, Malesela became the third coach to be fired. He follows Sammy Troughton and Peter Butler, who were released by Free State Stars and Platinum Stars respectively after just two games in charge each. 

These new developments at Chippa United are not entirely surprising. Malesela experienced a similar situation last season when he was suspended following a number of losses towards the end of the 2016/17 campaign.

But when things became worse under Mbuyiselo Sambu – who was asked to act on an interim basis, Malesela was haphazardly recalled to save the team from relegation.

After Malesela successfully retained their spot in the top-flight, Chippa United bosses assured the Eastern Cape people and football nation that is going he was going to stay as the coach until the end of his contract.

Chippa United have played only three games this season, losing to Orlando Pirates and Baroka FC, and wing at home against AmaZulu FC.

Moloi is going to be in charge when the Chilli Boys visit Dikwena on Saturday.

Moloi was part of the technical team during the pre-season, but was released due to some differences he had with the expelled coach.

The chairman of the club, Siviwe ‘Chippa’ Mpengesi, reinforced the team with more than 15 players, which include the likes of Kurt Lentjies, Brighton Mhlongo, Mark Mayambela and Abel Mabaso, just to mention a few.

Perhaps he feels the team can deliver better results under a different coach.  


I’solezwe LesiXhosa