Chippa United is a team from the Eastern Cape who found themselves being promoted from the National First Division to the Absa Premiership at the first time of asking. To celebrate the promotion, Chilli Boys chairman Siviwe “Chippa” Mpengesi moved the club from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth where they will play at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. The club was founded in June of 2010 after Mpengesi purchased Mbekweni Cosmos and rebranded the club and oversaw a rise all the way to the top flight.
When the club debuted in the National First Division they finished in second place and were promoted to the Premiership via the play-offs in June 2012. The 2012/2013 season was a reality check for Chippa as they ended the league in 15th position and were relegated. The Chilli Boys won the NFD yet again in 2013/2014 and are now back in the big time.
United have seven new arrivals with five of them coming from Orlando Pirates; Siyabonga Zulu, Bheki Nzunga, William Twala, Joseph Molangoane and Manti Moholo. Also joining the club is Veli Mothwa as keeper and striker David Zulu. Msekeli Mvalo left Chippa after the club was relegated to join AmaZulu. After setting a record for hiring and firing coaches, only time will tell how much patience Mpengesi will show Kosta Papic, whose mandate is to avoid relegation this season.
Papic’s first league match in charge will be at home to Platinum Stars on the opening night (8 August).