Chippa United has unveiled a beefed-up squad for the 2015/16 season at a press conference held in Cape Town. The Port Elizabeth-based outfit has secured the services of ten new players in an effort to cement its place in the Premier Soccer League.
Among the new signings are:
- Centre-back Zitha Macheke, on loan from Kaizer Chiefs;
- Left-winger Mark Mayambela, formerly of NFD team Royal Eagles;
- Midfielder Nkosinathi Mthiyane, formerly of Amazulu;
- Midfielder Christopher Matambo, on loan from Kaizer Chiefs
- Centre-forward Rhulani Manzini formerly of Platinum Stars;
- Right-back Diamond Thopola, formerly of Thanda Royal Zulu;
- Winger Philani Shange, formerly of Amazulu;
- Left-back Simphiwe Ndzimbovu, formerly of Maritzburg City;
- Midfielder Hlabane Kutumela, formerly of NFD team Baroka;
- Midfielder Kuduku Maleasenya, formerly of NFD team Baroka.
These are not the final signings for this season. Chippa plans to sign more players in the weeks to come.
Botswana-born David Bright will assume the role of assistant coach. Bright is considered to be one of Botswana’s most successful coaches, having led the Mogoditsane Fighters to three consecutive Premier League titles from 1999 to 2001.
The team also revealed successful sports-brand Puma as its new apparel partner. This promises to be the beginning of a long and mutually beneficial relationship.