Chippa United Chairman, Chippa Mpengesi paid a glowing tribute to the departing duo; Captain James Okwuosa and Erick Chipeta both leaving the Club at the end of their contracts in June.

James as a Captain was a pillar of strength for Chippa United this season missing only one game through suspension.

“James has been nothing but a servant for this Club,” said Mpengesi.

“He was our Captain and an ambassador for the Club. I would like to thank him for the contribution he has made in the team. He will forever remain part of our history where ever he goes and I would like to wish him all the best in his future endeavours,” continued Mpengesi.

Erick Chipeta who joined Ajax Cape Town towards the end of the season was also praised by the Chippa United Boss; “I was not keen to lose a player of Erick Chipeta’s calibre. He was one of the leaders in the team and a player with good attitude. Chipeta never gave us any problems during his time here and I would like to thank him for his contribution as well.

“I think you can see with the posters the fans carried during our last game against Kaizer Chiefs that the two players earned respect of the supporters,” added Mpengesi.

Mpengesi promised to close the void left by the departing stars ahead of the start of 2016/2017 season.