- Former Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena boasts as the first Chippa United head coach to see out his contract, a month after club chairman Siviwe ‘Chippa’ Mpengesi indicated they were looking to keep him for the long term.
Chilli Boys have had an undisputed record in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) history of firing coaches in South African football but, they announced Mokwena will leave the club when his short-term deal expired at the end of last month.
The 35-year-old who surprisingly parted ways with the Chilli Boys joined the Eastern Cape-based side in March 2020 on loan from Orlando Pirates, but he departed as a proud man.
“By default, it means I leave the club undefeated! I leave Chippa United as the first coach to finish his contract. I finished my stay without getting fired,” Mokwena said.
The tactician has opened up about his four-month spell at the Chilli Boys where he was in charge of one competitive match which ended on a naked draw.
“We only played one match, but there are a lot of positives that one can take. That 0-0 draw was something that we were prepared to take as a positive,” he said.
Before the 2019/20 season was suspended, the Chilli Boys confirmed a collaboration with the High Performance Centre at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) during Mokwena’s time with the club.
“Those are the positives. Beyond that is what we’ve done for the club and they will benefit in the future. We have an agreement with the High Performance Centre at Nelson Mandela Bay. We’ve set up a few good processes,” he added.
Even though the former Platinum Stars assistant coach parted ways with Chippa, he was unwilling to speak about his future with his contract with Pirates having expired on Tuesday, June 30.
Mokwena was dropped to assistant coach role midway through the current season to pave way for the German tactician Josef Zinnbauer at Pirates. However, he took a study leave and was later appointed Chippa head coach replacing Norman Mapeza.
Mokwena, who is highly-rated by Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza, is yet to decide on whether he will return to the club when the suspended campaign resumes or it is over.