Wilfred Mugeyi to test his ability as head coach of Chippa United

The PSL newcomers have appointed Wilfred Mugeyi as their new coach and the former Ajax Cape Town assistant has the chance to prove he can take the reins of a PSL club

Chippa United have replaced Farouk Abrahams with Ajax Cape Town assistant coach Wilfred Mugeyi, after sacking Abrahams on Wednesday.

Mugeyi will become the fifth coach for the Chilli Boyz this season following the departure of former head coaches Manqoba Mngqithi, Roger Sikhakane, Julius Dube and now Abrahams.

Mugeyi should relish the opportunity to coach a PSL club, a role he has never been tasked with before, and will want to help Chippa United survive the drop this season.

Chilli Boys spokesman Wanda Mbenguza believes that the former player has what it takes to coach Chippa United.

“Wilfred has played the game at the highest level both in the league and at international level,” Mbenguza told PSL.co.za.

“He has significant coaching experience at Ajax Cape Town, but has never been given the chance to be the head coach.

“We are confident that he will rise to the challenge and be a success at Chippa United,” he said.

The former Bush Bucks striker was a popular and talented player in his day with the Umtata-based side after winning the PSL’s Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year and Top Goalscorer awards in 1996/97.

He completed his career in China, Israel and a return to South Africa with Ajax Cape Town. He decided to build his coaching experience in Cape Town, where he was elevated to assistant coach before deciding to take on his newfound role at Chippa United.

Mugeyi will have to deal with Chippa’s ruthless owner, a squad which has struggled to find consistency and new players who will need to find their feet such as former Bafana captain Mbulelo Mabizela and ex-SuperSport United midfielder Masibusane Zongo.