Sikhakhane back as Chippa United coach

PSL new boys bring back old coach at the helm of the team
Roger Sikhakhane will be back on the bench for Premier Soccer League newcomers Chippa United on Sunday.
He is the third coach in four games for the top flight new boys, who have picked up just a single point from their trio of matches to date.

Sikhakhane had been at the helm of Chippa Utd for the close of last season when they upset the odds to win promotion to the PSL. But he was removed in mysterious circumstances just weeks later with several reasons offered as a reason for his departure but none providing any real clarity.

Instead Chippa started in the PSL with the experienced Manqoba Mngqithi, previously of Lamontville Golden Arrows and AmaZulu, as their coach.

But he lasted just two matches before being fired. Both of them were lost by Chippa and owner Siviwe ‘Chippa’ Mpengesi said Mngqithi did not fit with the approach he wanted at his club.

The third game for the club in the PSL – a 0-0 draw at Black Leopards almost two weeks ago, saw caretaker Julius Dube in charge. But Sikhakhane is now back and Mpengesi says he is the best man to lead Chippa on an ambitious path.

“We decided Mngqithi was a good coach but we also found he was not the best person to lead us. We released him peacefully,” insisted the Chippa owner.

“Roger has confirmed he was ready to take over again and as he was still our employee we have officially reinstated him. We never fired him we were planning to give him a job as either a technical director or assistant coach once he had sorted out problems he had at home.”