James Okwuosa grateful for Chippa United second chance

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The 25-year-old centre-back has returned to The Chilli Boys on a three-year deal despite signing a pre-contract with Pirates just six months ago, with reports suggested that the former Ajax Cape Town hardman's move was a 'done deal'

However, Okwuosa has since praised club boss Chippa Mpengesi, describing him as "a true leader", while expressing thanks for his welcomed return.

"It feels good to be back here training with the boys,” he added. "I always set myself goals as a footballer and believe that as a group we can create something special this season.

"Last season was great, but this season we will do even better. We must remain focused and work hard, beacuse it will not be easy.

"The supporters were big part of what we achieved last season and we have to pay them back by making them proud on the field of play."