Klate not worried by Chippa's sacking reputation

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Chippa United head coach Daine Klate has insisted that while’s aware of Chippa United’s reputation of sacking coaches, it’s not something he’s worried about.

Over years Chippa United Chairman Siviwe "Chippa" Mpengesi has grown a reputation for sacking coaches.

The Gqeberha-based club has changed coaches over 30 times in the last ten years (including interim coaches). Dan Malesela, Rulani Mokwena and more recently, Gavin Hunt have fallen all fell under the axe.

Asked whether current coach Daine Klate is worried about getting the sack, the 37-year-old replied that his reputation speaks for itself.

"I think in that regard I’ve built my own reputation, as a player and as a human being besides Chippa United. The club has got its own reputation," he said.

"When I was approached and asked if I’m willing to take the team I said why not. I called the family and a few people and everyone agreed that I should take on this challenge and see what happens. [If I’m fired] I don’t think much of my reputation will be damaged."

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Steve Komphela – Free State Stars (2008-09 & 2010-13) & Kaizer Chiefs (2015-18)
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Kurt Lentjies – Chippa United (2021-present)
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Fadlu Davids – Maritzburg United (2017-18)
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Gavin Hunt – Hellenic (1998-01)
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Neil Tovey – AmaZulu (2001-02 & 2009-10)
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Chippa United are slowly getting their season on track after picking their first league victory against Klate’s former club Orlando Pirates. The Chilli Boys later fell to a 2-1 loss at Maritzburg United but returned to hold TS Galaxy to a goalless draw on Tuesday.

They will be looking to turn one point into three when they meet Golden Arrows on 3 September.

"We want to have more points than games. That’s the main aim of the season, to have more points than games. If you have more points than matches played then obviously you’re looking good," Klate added.