Newly appointed Assistant Coach, Zipho Dlangalala has said that the biggest legacy he can leave at Chippa United is that of a technically self-sustaining Football Club.
A very cultural man, Dlangalala comes across as a serious, but when he speaks about football and development he suddenly lights up. As was the case when he took time to sit with chippautdfc.co.za on Thursday afternoon in between training sessions.
A former mathematics educator, Dlangalala also studied music, “there is a relationship between football and music,” said Zipho with a smile.
“I do not like to classify music. People get surprised at the kind of music I listen to, and as for reading, I read a lot,” he said when he was asked what he is does in his spare time.
A BA – Honours in Human Movement Science Studies graduate with majors in Sports Psychology and Coaching, Zipho joined Chippa United at the beginning of the year following a short stint at Orlando Pirates.
“I have enjoyed my stay at the Club since day one. I did not think twice when I was approached to come down to Port Elizabeth, for me it was just a matter of administration,” he said.
“The legacy I want to leave at Chippa United Football Club is that of a Club that is self sustainable technically and otherwise,” continued Dlangalala.
“This Club must continue to produce the best home-grown players and coaches; the sought after coaches and this is a contribution I want to make during my stay here.
Dlangalala admitted that the style of the Club was one of the main attractions for him to come down to Port Elizabeth, “This is how we play. It is who we are, the creativity, explosiveness, expressiveness, this is who we are. It is in our makeup. It is in our DNA.
“I am here to enhance that work, the natural ability of our players, to bring about positive results for the team.
“I am encouraged by the positivity I have seen both here at the Club and outside. There has been a lull as the season is still on break but you can see from people how much this Football Club means to the people of this province.
“The Club shapes the thinking and the feelings of the people here and it is important that we give all we have to bring positive results on the field,” concluded Dlangalala.
Dlangalala has worked for Natal Technikon, SASSU national team including Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club where he worked in various coaching positions including Head Coach of the U19 Team, first team and Coach of ALS PUK TAWANA.