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Pressure Mounts On Kopo And September At Chippa

  • May 9, 2024
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Pressure Mounts On Kopo And September At Chippa

In the cutthroat world of football management, job security hinges on results. By this logic and historical precedent, Thabo September and Kwanele Kopo’s positions could be in jeopardy following a string of underwhelming performances.

Chippa’s recent struggles have culminated in back-to-back defeats to Orlando Pirates, both in the Nedbank Cup semi-final (3-1) and the league (2-0), leaving fans disheartened.

The promising momentum built from four consecutive wins, including one against Kaizer Chiefs, has been shattered by an equally concerning streak of four consecutive losses. With only three games remaining in the league, Chippa sits uncomfortably in 11th place.

Despite mounting pressure and rumors surrounding their future, September remains confident in their job security. “He has a bigger vision, and right now we are part of that vision for next season,” September asserted, referring to Chippa Mpengesi’s long-term plans for the club.

Indeed, Mpengesi has a reputation for high managerial turnover. A staggering 27 coaches have taken the helm of Chippa in just over 12 years since the club’s promotion to the PSL in 2012.

This revolving door of appointments has seen former players like Daine Klate and Kurt Lentjies attempt to manage the team, only to be swept up in the relentless cycle of change. Three men, including the late Roger Sikhakhane, Vladislav Heric, and Malesela, have even taken charge of Chippa in the top flight on multiple occasions.

September and Kopo’s appointment as co-coaches came after Morgan Mammila’s demotion to technical director, highlighting the club’s constant pursuit of a winning formula.

As the season nears its conclusion, the fate of September and Kopo hangs in the balance. Mpengesi’s history of swift managerial changes casts a shadow of doubt, and the duo must navigate the remaining fixtures with resilience and determination.

Chippa, on a four-game losing streak, visits Golden Arrows at Mpumalanga Stadium this Sunday (15:00).

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