Chippa United sack coach Dan Malesela

13 September 2017 - 20:25 By VUYOKAZI NKANJENI
Dan Malesela, coach of Chippa United during the 2017 Nedbank Cup semifinal game between Chippa United and Supersport United at Sisa Dukashe Stadium, East London on 20 May 2017.
Dan Malesela, coach of Chippa United during the 2017 Nedbank Cup semifinal game between Chippa United and Supersport United at Sisa Dukashe Stadium, East London on 20 May 2017.
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Chippa United fired coach Dan Malesela on Wednesday less than 24 hours after his team had lost 3-1 to Baroka FC at Nelson Mandela Bay stadium.

The defeat was team’s second PSL setback in three starts after an opening round loss to Orlando Pirates. Their other result was a home victory over AmaZulu before the international break.

Malesela said he was bitterly disappointed with his sudden “release”.

“Yes I have been released. It did not come as a shock to me as I was expecting it” Malesela said.

“When you work here at this club you expect anything. I don’t think I’ll be back in PE again ever again, I don’t think I’ll do that.”

Malesela, 52, has endured a topsy-turvy relationship with Chippa having placed on “special leave” by the club towards the end of last season only to be recalled two weeks later in mid-May. He managed to help the club retain its PSL status.

The former Pirates captain maintained he was confident the team would do better this season but it appears owner Siviwe “Chippa” Mpengesi had again run out of patience.

It was not immediately clear who would replace Malesela for the club’s next game away to Platinum Stars on Saturday.

Chippa United chief operations officer Lukhanyo Mzinzi on Wednesday evening said he was not a position to confirm Malesela’s departure until he had received official confirmation.- TimesLIVE

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