Rulani Mokwena is leaving Chippa United, and his agent has explained to the Siya crew why.
The young mentor became the first coach in the history of the Premier Soccer League to be “seconded” by his parent club Orlando Pirates to the Chilli Boys dugout just a few weeks shy of the nationwide lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
His agent, Steven Kapelushnick, stressed that the arrangement was always to be at the club until the end of the season, which would have been until June 30 under normal circumstances pre-Covid.
“Rulani signed a contract that terminates at the end of this month. It was imperative for him to honour his contract – even while he was there I had calls for his services from other teams and those were rejected out of hand because he wanted to honour his Chippa contract,” Kapelushnick explained.
“He went to Chippa and gave a 150 percent. He analysed the team and he had a very good understanding with Chippa (Mpengesi). His contract is now ending and we have decided that it is time to move on. It was always a short term contract, an exploratory contract on both sides.”
There were claims that Mokwena was difficult to work with, threatened to have Chippa cut the salaries of players who did not want to return to training ahead of the resumption of the campaign and also demanded R400 000 a month for a new contract when the current arrangement between Pirates and the Chilli Boys expired.
“I need to place on record that this has nothing to do with money – I don’t know where this R400k is coming from. He has spent four months at the club and we did have discussions with Chippa and we couldn’t find each other, and after some soul-searching, Rulani has decided that it’s time to move on and wants to thank the chairman for his time there, but he just feels it’s time to move on.”
Mpengesi is notorious for sending coaches packing in a short space of time, and Mokwena, who was the club’s third mentor this season alone after Clinton Larsen and Norman Mapeza, was in charge of a single game.
“When we signed nobody knew that this would happen. It’s not fair to Rulani or Chippa to say he only lasted one game. The contract has expired – so Chippa and Rulani had to make a decision on whether he stays or goes. Rulani decided he wants to go. It’s all amicable, nothing to do with money,” his agent explained.
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