Mr Siviwe Mpengesi, please stand by your manager

Chippa United chairman Siviwe Mpengesi’s constant sacking of managers will sooner or later come back to haunt him and his club.



Last season (2017/18) Platinum Stars sacked their manager Peter Butler after he was at the helm for a mere two matches into the start of the season. Yet, Butler’s replacement, Roger De Sa, was unable to arrest Dikwena’s spiral down the log.

Therefore, it is nonsensical to sack a manager a mere few games into a season. Yet, Mpengesi has now sacked Dan Malesela after only three matches into the 2018/19 campaign.

Consequently, Malesela has not been given sufficient time to get his philosophy across to Chippa’s 15 new signings. The Chilli Boys also departed company with 18 players prior to this season’s commencement and thus Malesela was virtually working with a complete new squad of players.



Sacking Malesela, who has been a loyal servant to the beautiful game in South Africa, so early into the season is also very disrespectful to him.

Managers need to be appreciated and they also need time – Bidvest Wits finished a disappointing thirteenth on the log last season, yet The Clever Boys are top of the log four matches into the new campaign.

By Saul Kamionsky