A former Orlando Pirates midfielder has returned to his old stomping ground Chippa United. The player in question has reunited with the club after spending time on the rehab table for the last two months.
Meshack Maphangule was last seen running out for a Motsepe Foundation League side, Venda Football Academy but regular game time was hard to come by due to a knee injury that he succumbed to while with them.
Maphangule has been brought in by the head coach Morgan Mammila to stabilise and bolster the Chippa midfield. He also brings some much-needed creativity to an attack that has won one game in the last eight fixtures. With their last result being a draw against Royal AM on 21 of January 2023.
The Chippa United Chairman has also brought back Kurt Lentjies in an assistant coach role to help the technical team.
“Lentjies has always been my child, we in football, we are forgiving people,” Siviwe Mpengesi told the media in attendance.
“You look at all other clubs, even big clubs in Europe you will see, Pep(Guardiola), the coach of Manchester City, isn’t coming there for the first time.
“We are forgiving people, Chippa United, this is his home.
“The way we handled things at the beginning of the season was not a nice way. So, we sat down, and we smoked a pipe of peace, he’s coming now to bring experience.
“Because the majority of these players, 90% of them were recruited by him. He understands [them]. So we don’t want to look like we are a confused team.
“If you bring somebody new in now and you fire this guy, you’re starting all over again.
“So, I sat down with my board, and we thought there was a need that Morgan was inexperienced. Let us not put a lot of pressure on him, instead let us support him.
“Because Morgan Mammila is a good story for us and it would be a sad day when a team would decide to fire him.
“We said no, let us support him. We spoke nicely with Kurt and here he is today, he’s got his role, you know what I mean, focusing on the specific areas.”
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