East London City Hall was a hive of activity on Saturday as Chippa United launched Greater East London Branch ahead of the game against Mamelodi Sundowns on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 at Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane.

The launch was attended by Regional Executive Committee in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Municipality, together with Kaizer Chiefs East London Branch and Orlando Pirates East London Branch to support their counterparts.

Chairman of the newly launched branch said; “I am delighted that this day has finally come and the launch is happening. I would like to thank the office (Chippa United) in particular Sisanda Martin for her efforts in ensuring that we get here today. I thank my committee and everyone that worked tirelessly in the past couple of months to ensure that we meet requirements as spelt out on the Constitution.

“We are now looking forward to Tuesday, 14 February where we are welcoming Mamelodi Sundowns. We will come in numbers to back our team, the Chilli Boys. The people of the City and our fans in particular are proud to finally have the branch here and we will be working hard to recruit more members. Work starts now,” concluded Bafo.

Head of Marketing and Communications Luthando ‘Trompies’ Zibeko said; “The launch of the Supporters Club here in East London is in line with our growth strategy, our theme for the season, Season of Growth. This followed a launch of Greater Johannesburg Branch late last year and we are hoping to launch next in Durban and Cape Town. Chippa United is currently the fasted growing football brand in South Africa and we have to create an environment for the Club to launch more branches.

“We are aware that as the Club grows we will have to come with a strategy to fight cortifiert and most importantly to educate our supporters about their role in building the Chippa United brand. It is important that we have the branches all over the country to be able to communicate messages from the football club effectively and efficiently.

“We are delighted to see the work that has been in East London to launch the Greater branch. It is also pleasing to supporters from both Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates under the same roof in support of this initiative.

“We must continue to promote the values of love, tolerance through this beautiful game; the late Nelson Mandela said; “Sport has a power to overcome old divisions and create the bond of common aspirations,”

The Greater East London Branch covers fans from Engcobo, Tsomo, Queenstown, Butterworth, Ngqamakwe, King Williams Town and Alice and fans can get hold of Chairperson, Bafo Nweba on 072 371 3858 or Organiser Mabheka 078 156 0785 to enquire about membership.