Rulani Mokwena

Rulani Mokwena during an Absa Premiership 2019/2020 game Photo: © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Time’s up: Chippa United part ways with Rulani Mokwena

The former Orlando Pirates coach Rulani Mokwena has parted ways with Chippa United after he was loaned to the club in March.

Rulani Mokwena

Rulani Mokwena during an Absa Premiership 2019/2020 game Photo: © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

The 33-year-old tactician Mokwena, who joined Pirates together with former head coach Milutin Sredojevic, will now have to find a new job after it was revealed that the Eastern Cape-based club has decided not to extend his loan deal.

According to HeraldLIVE, the Chilli Boys’ chief operations officer Lukhanyo Mzinzi confirmed that “the club had decided not to enter into further negotiations with Mokwena”. 

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The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture gave the thumbs-up on Wednesday for clubs in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to restart training, keeping their eye on the ball to complete the remaining fixtures of the 2019/20 season.

“In the midst of uncertainty and in spite of everything, including the announcement by the sports minister [Nathi Mthethwa], we as a club were uncertain as to when we will return to play. His [Mokwena] representatives kept enquiring to make sure they were certain about his future, so we let them know about our decision to allow the coach to return home to Orlando Pirates,” Mzinzi said.

Time to move on

Rulani’s agent, Steven Kapelushnick, explained to Soccer Laduma why the loan deal came to an end.

“Rulani signed a contract that terminates at the end of this month. It was imperative for him to honour his contract – even while he was there I had calls for his services from other teams and those were rejected out of hand because he wanted to honour his Chippa contract.”

Kapelushnick also explained that his client (Mokwena) gave his best at Chippa and he also had a good relationship with Chippa United boss Chippa Mpengesi

“He went to Chippa and gave 150%. He analysed the team and he had a very good understanding with Chippa [Mpengesi]. His contract is now ending and we have decided that it is time to move on. It was always a short-term contract, an exploratory contract on both sides.”

Mokwena only managed a single game as Chippa United head coach against Bidvest Wits back in March before the Premier Soccer League was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chippa United have become notorious for sacking coaches before they even settle in if results are not forthcoming.

This season alone, Clinton Larsen was sacked, as well as Norman Mapeza.

“When we signed, nobody knew that this would happen. It’s not fair to Rulani or Chippa to say he only lasted one game,” said Kapelushnick