Chippa United F.C.

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Chippa United Football Club is a South African professional football club based in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, having previously being based in Nyanga suburb of the city of Cape Town. The club's first currently plays in the Premier Soccer League's Premier Division, with the reserve team playing in the PSL's reserve league.[1], The team plays it's home games at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Chippa United
Chippa United FC logo.png
Full nameChippa United Football Club
Nickname(s)Chilli Boys
FoundedJanuary 2010; 10 years ago (2010-01)
GroundNelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Buffalo City Stadium, East London, Eastern Cape
ChairmanSiviwe Mpengesi
CoachNorman Mapeza
LeagueABSA Premiership
WebsiteClub website
Old logo


The club was founded in January 2010 when Chippa Mpengesi purchased the Vodacom League franchise of Paarl based club, Mbekweni Cosmos, for R400,000.[2] Cosmos had won promotion from the Castle League at the end of the 2008–09 season, and started campaigning in the Vodacom League in the 2009–10 season. In 2010–11 season, the club began playing under the name, Chippa United.

Chippa United's first season was very successful with the club winning the Western Cape Vodacom League before winning the Vodacom League National Coastal Stream to achieve promotion to the National First Division.[3] Chippa were also crowned the overall 2010–11 Vodacom League National champions after beating Inland Stream winners Sivutsa Stars.[3]

The club finished their debut season in the National First Division in 2nd place behind University of Pretoria and won promotion to the Premier Soccer League via the play-offs in June 2012.[4] Chippa used five managers during the course of the 2012–13 PSL season[5] and finished 15th, eventually getting relegated after failing to win the playoffs.[6]

A feeder team, called Peace Makers, was once owned by Chippa United, and ran teams under the club's umbrella. It ran a team in the SAFA Second Division and also junior teams in Cape Town's junior leagues.[7] The Peace Makers franchise was sold to Milano United before the beginning of the 2013–14 season.[8] In Port Elizabeth the club runs its youth teams under the Chippa United name, and play in the Port Elizabeth Football Association leagues.[9]


Chippa United is wholly owned by Chippa Investment Holdings, which is a Cape Town-based construction, security and cleaning company founded by Siviwe "Chippa" Mpengesi.

During 2015, the club was effectively under the administration of Access Facilities and Leisure Management, the operating company of Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.[10]


During the club's early seasons in Cape Town, it used Philippi Stadium as its home ground. The stadium was used from 2009–10 to 2011–12 and again in 2013–14.

Following the 2011–12 the club was promoted from the Premier Soccer League's National First Division to the Premier Division. Philippi Stadium was deemed not to be up to standard to host matches in the Premier Division. Due to this, the club hosted its matches at Athlone Stadium and Cape Town Stadium.[11] However, the ground had previously been used by Vasco da Gama during the 2010–11 season. From March 2013, the club was allowed to host matches at Philippi Stadium.[12]

Following the 2013–14 season the club was promoted to the Premier Division once more. During the off season, the club announced that it would move to Port Elizabeth.[13] The club and municipality announced a three-year deal to use Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.[14] The municipality also announced that certain matches would be played at the city's Wolfson Stadium and Gelvandale Stadium.[15] During the 2014–15 season, the club was forced to host matches at the Wolfson Stadium.

According to a report tabled by the Nelson Mandela Bay mayor's office, Chippa United's contract to play in the city is for 18 years, beginning with the 2014–15 season, and thus running to 2031–32.[16]

During the 2015–16 season, the club announced plans to host some of its matches at East London's Buffalo City Stadium.[17] The club cited the high cost of hosting matches at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, and lack of paying spectators as reasons for the decision.[18]

Training groundEdit

On the club's movement to Port Elizabeth, it announced that it intended to use Wolfson Stadium as its training ground, and intended pursuing a long term lease from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality. As the ground was not yet up to standard, the club announced that it would use Gelvandale Stadium for training, until the necessary upgrades were completed at Wolfson Stadium. During the 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons, the club split its training at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's Second Avenue Campus and Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium's outdoor fields. Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium's outer fields are shared with the Eastern Province Elephants rugby team.


  • NFD Champions:
  • PSL Promotion/Relegation Play-offs:
  • Second Division National Play-offs:
  • Second Division Western Cape Stream:
  • Metropolitan Under-19 Premier Cup
2012(As Philippi United)[19]
  • U-17 Engen Knockout Challenge

Club recordsEdit

Premier Soccer LeagueEdit

National First DivisionEdit

Vodacom LeagueEdit

Nedbank CupEdit

Telkom KnockoutEdit

  • 2012 – Round of 16
  • 2014 – Round of 16
  • 2015 – Round of 16

MTN 8Edit

  • 2016 – Semi-finals*

PSL Reserve LeagueEdit

Shirt sponsor & kit manufacturerEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2010–11 Rada Sport Vacant
2011–12 Adidas Vacant
2012–13 Kappa Vodacom
2013–14 Umbro Chippa Holdings
2014 Nike
2015 Umbro
2015–16 Puma
2016 Canterbury[22]
2017- Umbro Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

Club officialsEdit

Coaching staffEdit


As of 4 September 2018

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
34   DF Veli Mothwa (captain)
17   DF Gregory Damons
22   DF Gerald Modisane
6   MF Xolani Mahola
7   FW Andile Mbenyane
8   FW Thabo Rakhale
13   FW Meshack Maphangule
13   DF Boikanyo Komane
26   MF Thokozani Sekotlong
18   DF Tebogo Makobela
28   DF Thabiso Lebitso
22   DF Augustine Kwem
24   FW Ruzaigh Gamildien
25   FW [[]]
20   MF Kevin Moyo
No. Position Player
29   DF [[]]
32   MF Kurt Lentjies
33   MF
34   GK
35   MF [[]]
35   DF
14   MF Elvis Moyo
42   MF
43   FW [[]]
44   MF
47   DF Frédéric Nsabiyumva
02   DF Lehlogonolo Masalesa
  DF Tercious Malepe
  MF other=


Players who have made an appearance for national football team, while playing for Chippa United. Caps and period refer to the number of caps earned, and the period in which they are earned, while at Chippa United.

Player National team Caps Period
David Zulu South Africa 0 2013
James Okwuosa Nigeria 2 2013–
Thamsanqa Sangweni South Africa 1 2014–
Chrisopher Komane South Africa ? 2014–
Siyabonga Zulu South Africa ? 2014–
William Twala South Africa 2 2015–
Aristide Bancé Burkina Faso 3 2015–
Zitha Macheke South Africa U-23 1 2015–
Zaid Patel South Africa U-23 ? 2015
Diamond Thopola South Africa 0 2016–
Daniel Akpeyi Nigeria Olympic Team 1 2016

Former coachesEdit

  •   Manqoba Mngqithi (July 9, 2012 – Aug 20, 2012)
  •   Julius Dube (Aug 23, 2012 – Sept 12, 2012)
  •   Roger Sikhakhane (Sept 13, 2012 – Oct 28, 2012)
  •   Farouk Abrahams (Oct 28, 2012 – Jan 29, 2013)
  •   Wilfred Mugeyi (Jan 29, 2013 – April 11, 2013)
  •   Mark Harrison (April 12, 2013 – Oct 7, 2013)
  •   Ian Palmer (Oct 8, 2013 – Jan 27, 2014)
  •   Vladislav Herić (Jan 29, 2014 – June 30, 2014)
  •   Kosta Papić (July 1, 2014 – Sept 3, 2014)
  •   Roger Sikhakhane (Sept 4, 2014 – Jan 5, 2015)
  •   Ernst Middendorp (Jan 5, 2015 – March 30, 2015)
  •   Roger Sikhakhane (July 2, 2015 – Dec 7, 2015)


  1. ^ "About Us". Chippa United F.C. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Chippa United: The amazing rags to riches story". KickOff. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Chippa United crowned Vodacom League Playoffs Champs". Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Chippa Promoted To PSL". Archived from the original on 5 March 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  5. ^ "The PSL play-off breakdown". Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Chippa relegated, Aces promoted". 22 March 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Mighty Chippa about results". City Press. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Safa 2nd Division kicks off". Milano United. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Chippa United Youth Teams". Chippa United. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Stadium operator to manage Chippa". The Herald. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Chippa United can't use Philippi Stadium for the next three months". 2 August 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Chippa back at Philippi". 22 March 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Chippa move to PE confirmed". 15 July 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  14. ^ "Chippa United seal move to PE". 16 July 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  15. ^ "Chippa United move to PE is on". The Herald. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  16. ^ "Chippa to get R5m advance?". The Herald. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  17. ^ "Chippa and Pirates to meet in EL". The Daily Dispatch. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  18. ^ "Chippa in stadium and coach trouble". The Sunday World. 24 January 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  19. ^ "Philippi United are the 2012 Metropolitan Premier Cup champions". Kickoff. 9 April 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  20. ^ "Chippa United crowned PE Engen Champs". Kickoff. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  21. ^ "Chippa United defend their Engen Knockout Challenge title in Port Elizabeth". BayDU. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  22. ^ "Chippa United announce Canterbury as new technical sponsor". Kickoff. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  23. ^ Norman Mapeza. "Chippa appoints Clinton Larsen". Retrieved 9 December 2019.

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