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Pirates confirm Rhulani's move to Chippa

Barely a day after parting ways with head coach Norman Mapeza, Chippa United have fast-tracked their search for a new coach with Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena now the new man in charge for the remaining seven matches of the season.

The Chilli Boys were dealt a blow after the Zimbabwean international mentor, tendered his resignation, for apparent contractual issues that is said to have affected his relationship with the club. 

Mapeza steered the Port Elizabeth-based outfit to 11th position since taking over in October last year, and his resignation is said to have come as a shock for the club's chairman Siviwe 'Chippa' Mpengesi, who was hoping to see him remain for the full length of his three-year contract.

Mokwena has been absent from the Pirates technical bench since being demoted from his head coach role following the appointment of German coach Josef Zinnbauer.

The Buccaneers confirmed the news on their official website.

"Orlando Pirates Football Club can confirm that Assistant Coach Rhulani Mokwena has been seconded to join Absa Premiership outfit Chippa United. 

"Mokwena, who recently returned from an overseas trip which saw him visiting some European football clubs for a benchmarking exercise; joins the Chilli Boys until the end of the season.

"He will be joined at United by Michael Loftman, " Pirates confirmed on their website.

The 32-year-old coach's first match in charge will be a daunting one as Chippa travel to Johannesburg to take on Bidvest Wits on Saturday.


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