Administrator-turned-coach Morgan Mammila has made a sensational return to Chippa United ahead of the new season, the club confirmed.
Mammila is going back to Chippa, who he led to a club-record four consecutive wins during the 2022/23 season, as it was previously revealed by this publication.
On Tuesday, Chippa chairman Chippa Mpengesi confirmed the news that Mammila returns as head coach, while Slyabulela Gwambi will be his first assistant coach.
“Greetings to all members of the press, supporters of Chippa United Football Club, and the wider football community.
“We are thrilled to bring you significant news about the future of Chippa United as we prepare for the forthcoming PS season 2023/2024,” read a statement.
“This coming season marks a meaningful milestone for Chippa United Football Club.
“We celebrate our tenth year in Ggeberha and the Eastern Cape, a decade filled with dedication, determination, and relentless effort in the face of adversity. Proudly, we stand as the longest-serving PS club in this region.
“We arrived here fourteen years after the province was without a team. Upon our arrival, we committed to a 20-year agreement with the Nelson Mandela municipality. As we mark the completion of our first decade, we reaffirm our resolve to fulfil this commitment and stay for another ten years.
“At the core of our objectives for the new season is maintaining of our PS status. This is more than just a goal; it is a promise to the Eastern Cape – a promise that the club that binds all football lovers of this region together will remain steadfast. Chippa United isn’t just a football club; it symbolises the pride and spirit of the Eastern Cape.
“As we look to the future, we’re delighted to announce significant changes to our technical team for the 2023/2024 season. We’re thrilled to appoint Morgan Mammila as our new Head Coach.
“Mammila brings an abundance of experience and proven leadership to the role. We also confirm that Slyabulela Gwambi will maintain his post as First Assistant Coach. His unwavering dedication to the club is highly valued, and we trust in his abilities to continue our forward momentum.
“The pursuit of top-eight positions and cup victories will be entrusted to the capable hands of our new Head coach. As long as we maintain our status in PSL, we trust in our team’s ability to deliver exceptional football.
“Looking ahead, we promise an exciting transfer window period with the signing of some notable players. We aim to strengthen our team and provide our supporters with thrilling matches to enjoy.
“In conclusion, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our management team, guided by our Executive Director, Mr Lukanyo Mzinzi. We also wish to thank our sponsor, the Nelson Mandela Municipality, for their unwavering support. Their support has been instrumental in our journey thus far.
“To our loyal supporters, your faith in us fuels our ambitions. We look towards the future with hope and a firm commitment to delivering thrilling, successful football. Thank you for your ongoing support.”
Mammila administrator took first charge of Chippa in September after the departure of Daine Klate, following a 1-0 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns.
He then led the club to four wins on the bounce, the first time this has happened in Chippa history in the PSL. But results went south for him afterwards and he was let go by the club in February, when Kurt Lentjies took over.
Mammila won only five of 15 league matches overall, one in the second half of the season, with Chippa dropping close to the relegation zone.
The former Baroka FC CEO then joined the Dube Birds in March as technical advisor, following the shock departure of head coach Ernst Middendorp, helping player-turned coach Musa Nyatama, who led the club to a top eight finish.
Impressively, Swallows was the only club to have won the last four games of the season and finished on four points.
As Swallows beat Marumo Gallants 2-0 on the final day of the season, the Limpopo club finished bottom of the table and consequently got relegated to the Motsepe Foundation Championship.
On the other hand, Chippa drew 0-0 with Golden Arrows, which saved their DStv Premiership status, finishing 14th on the DStv Premiership table.