Chippa United F.C.

Chippa United Football Club (often known as Chippa) is a South African professional football club based in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape province, having previously being based in Nyanga suburb of the city of Cape Town. The club's first team 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 most of its home games at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, while hosting other matches at East London's Sisa Dukashe Stadium.

Chippa United
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Full nameChippa United Football Club
Nickname(s)Chilli Boys
FoundedJanuary 2010; 11 years ago (2010-01)
GroundNelson Mandela Bay Stadium (most games)
Sisa Dukashe Stadium
Capacity46,000
30,000
ChairmanSiviwe Mpengesi
LeagueDStv Premiership
2019–2011th
WebsiteClub website
Old logo

HistoryEdit

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]

OwnershipEdit

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]

StadiumEdit

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.

AchievementsEdit

  • NFD Champions:
2013–14
  • PSL Promotion/Relegation Play-offs:
2011–12
  • Second Division National Play-offs:
2010–11
  • Second Division Western Cape Stream:
2010–11
  • Metropolitan Under-19 Premier Cup
2012 (As Philippi United)[19]
  • U-17 Engen Knockout Challenge
2015[20]
2016[21]

Club recordsEdit

Premier Soccer LeagueEdit

Season Division Result Pld Won Draw Lose GF GA GD Pts Nedbank Cup Telkom KO MTN 8
2009-10 3rd 13th 30 10 5 15 48 48 0 35
2010-11 3rd Winner 32 26 5 1 96 18 78 83
2011-12 NFD 2nd/Promoted 30 14 9 7 46 29 17 51 1st round
2012-13 PSL 15th/Relegated 30 6 10 14 28 41 -13 28 R32
2013-14 NFD 1st/Winner 30 17 7 6 54 36 18 58 1st Round
2014-15 PSL 14th 30 7 9 14 30 47 -17 30 R32 R16

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[22]
2015 Umbro
2015–16 Puma[23]
2016-17 Canterbury[24]
2017-20 Umbro[25] Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality
2020- Monflair[26]

Club officialsEdit

Coaching staffEdit

PlayersEdit

As of 30 October 2021[27]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   RSA Zuko Mdunyelwa
3 DF   RSA Athini Jodwana
4 DF   NAM Riaan Hanamub
5 DF   RSA Roscoe Pietersen
6 MF   RSA Sammy Seabi
7 FW   RSA Phakamani Mahlambi
8 MF   RSA Maloisane Ramasimong
9 FW   CMR Bienvenu Eva Nga
10 MF   RSA Maloisane Mokhele
11 MF   BOT Mogakolodi Ngele
14 MF   RSA Siphesihle Mkhize
15 DF   ZAM Lubeni Haukongo
16 GK   RSA Ayanda Mtshali
17 FW   RSA Thokozani Sekotlong
19 GK   UGA Ismail Watenga
20 MF   RSA Sizwe Mdlinzo
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 FW   RSA Vuyolwethu Dinge
22 FW   RSA Jemondre Dickens
23 MF   RSA Luyolo Nomandela
24 DF   RSA Veluyeke Zulu
25 MF   RSA Avela Cezu
26 MF   MLI Aboubacar Sangare
27 MF   RSA Kurt Lentjies
28 FW   RSA Thabiso Lebitso
29 DF   RSA Sandile Mthethwa
35 MF   RSA Mduduzi Sibeko
46 FW   RSA Bongile Booi
FW   RSA Rodney Ramagalela
DF   RSA Tebogo Makobela
GK   NAM Lloyd Kazapua
MF   RSA Janovane September

InternationalsEdit

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

Former technical directorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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