Norman Mapeza already fearing Chippa United axe, needs to sign new players


Mapeza, who was appointed earlier this month to replace Clinton Larsen, watched his side lose 2-0 to Highlands Park in an Absa Premiership clash at Makhulong Stadium on Saturday.

It was the former FC Platinum coach's first league game in charge of the club, which is now rock-bottom of the league table with just four points from nine matches.

They remain the only club in the PSL who are yet to win a league game this season.

The former Ajax Cape Town Town defender, who also played as a midfielder during his playing days, warned things could be get messy and they will need new players if they are to survive.

"Things are going to be difficult here, we need to bring in new faces. It's clear, we need to bring in new faces," Mapeza said.

"I have to be honest with you. I didn't come here to perform miracles. I'm a football coach and I know this terrain. If things don't go well for me, as a coach you either resign or you get fired.

"But at the moment, we need players here. We need players. Each and every department. From up front, midfield, in defence."

Mapeza added that he has already spoken to trigger-happy chairman Chippa Mpengesi about this and has been assured to wait for the January window period.

"We have to look for new players, but for now we have to work with what we have until December," he revealed.

"We have been talking about maybe getting some players on loan, maybe in the first division. If it means bringing one or two guys from Zimbabwe, I have to do that because up front we need people who can score goals."

With two tough games against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Telkom Knockout and against log leaders Kaizer Chiefs in the league, Mapeza said they will only focus on improving their position on the log.

"We are not going to put more focus on the Telkom knockout," he admitted.

"We rather put more focus on the league. We will play against Sundowns and see what happens but much of the focus is on the league."