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Rhulani Mokwena and Chippa United part ways.

Kabelo_Abel 06/25/2020

Chippa Mpengesi wields the axe, yet again! This comes after the news that Absa Premiership outfit Chippa United announced on Wednesday afternoon that the club will not be extending the coach Rhulani Mokwena's loan deal from Orlando Pirates.

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Mokwena was offered to the Port Elizabeth - based side by Pirates after the arrival of German coach Jozef Zinnbauer at Orlando Stadium and looked set to remain at Chippa beyond his loan deal, which was set to expire on the 30th of June.

Chilli Boys chief operating officer Lukhanyo Mzinzi has confirmed that the former Pirates assistant coach will not be in Port Elizabeth when the season resumes.

"The issue with Rhulani, we had a short contract and it is ending next week. We won't be extending," Mzinzi told soccer magazine, KickOff

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The Chippa official says the decision to allow Mokwena's deal to lapse has nothing to do with allgegations that the squad broke lockdown regulations by training at Kings Beach.

"It has nothing to do with what has been said. It was a decision based on the fact that the club can't commit on other things. You've seen what lockdown has done to other companies," Mzinzi adds.

"A decision will be made next week on who will replace the head coach but we are not planning to bring in anybody else from outside for now."

The news comes after exactly a month to the Chippa United chairman Siviwe Mpengesi told the media that he was Mokwena to stay at she club for as long as possible.

The chairman has thrown his weight behind Mokwena, claiming that he can bring major success just as Pitso Mosimane brought to Mamelodi Sundowns.

"His role model is Pitso Mosimane. When Mosimane joined Sundowns, they were not stable but turned Sundowns around and that is exactly what he wants to do at Chippa," Mpengesi told IOL.

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We have our ambitious coach here, Rhulani. He is already planning for next season. We only need six points to run away from relegation. Rhulani is a high profile coach. Most players want to follow him. We are blessed to have a coach like him.

"Surely we are keeping him for the long term. I can say 99 percent it is done. He has confirmed with me that he wants to be here. He wants to stay. He knows exactly what is the problem at Chippa United and why we are not winning trophies."

Although the reasons aren't quite clear, media reports are suggesting that the problem originates in the bedroom where there is been disagreements in terms of money.

Daily Sun, last week reported that 33 year old coach was demanding a huge salary from Chippa, if they were to offer him a contract extension. Reports are that he demanded a region of R400 000 per month!

Chippa will have to look for another coach or a caretaker when the season resumes.

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