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Sport - Date: 06 December 2018
Written by: Kaizer Nengovhela / Viewed: 1497
The former head coach of Black Leopards, Mr Joel Masutha, is the new coach of the Absa Premier League team Chippa United.
He parted ways with Leopards about three weeks ago.
Masutha takes over from former Bafana Bafana star Eric Tinkler, who was fired by Chippa last Sunday.
Masutha joined Black Leopards as head coach in January, when the team was still playing in the National First Division. He then guided the Thohoyandou side to gain promotion to the Absa league after they had won the promotional play-offs in July.
During his stay with the team, Leopards beat the other two Limpopo-based teams, Polokwane City and Baroka. They drew their matches against Highlands Park, Chippa United and Free State Stars, but lost to Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United, Bloemfontein Celtic, Kaizer Chiefs, Golden Arrows and Cape Town City.
After the release of Tinkler, Masutha was subsequently given the full responsibility for the team to save them from the relegation zone. Chippa are in the 15th position on the league log.
According to the team’s chairperson, Mr Chippa Mpengesi, they had signed a six-month contract with the new coach. He stated that he was convinced that they had employed the right man for the job. Masutha’s appointment came into effect on Sunday.
Masutha said that he had been given the mandate to ensure that the team avoid relegation. He indicated that the target was achievable, because they managed to collect nine points in three matches.
His first match will be against Cape Town City next week.
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Mr Joel Masutha, new mentor of Chippa United.
Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.