Ball gets rolling as Chippa confirm 16 new signings

BY MARC JACOBSON - JULY 14, 2016

Chippa United have went on a recruiting spree ahead of the 2016/17 season and have 16 new confirmed signings for the upcoming campaign.

The Chilli Boys positioned in a respectable sixth spot on the overall 2015/16 ABSA Premiership log and the new signings came as a backdrop to their improved performance value in the respective season.

Certain players were also promoted from the club’s development structures, while several players were also secured from the National First Division.

"We are pleased with the players we have signed ahead of the new season, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Chairman, Mr Siviwe Mpengesi and the rest of the Management for their continued support,” said Chippa Head Coach, Dan Malesela, in a debriefing.

"I have had an opportunity to work with most of our new signings at various levels and have no doubt that they fit our style of play and will add value to the team,” he added.

Coach Malesela also said that the recruited players are an exciting and eager bunch who would want to make names for themselves in accordance to the team’s overall objective.

"We also managed to retain the core of the players we had last season despite interest from other teams. We are aware of the challenges ahead, and the expectations from our fans and partners after what was an impressive season for us," Malesela continued.

Meanwhile, Chippa held their first training session on Monday at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, where Coach Malesela put the respective players through their paces after the mid-year break.

“As expected most of the players are out of shape, having gained weight over the holiday,” Malesela told the club's media officials.

"I am pleased to have all the players we have retained last season back at training.  There were no late comers and no excuses,” he added.

Malesela also confirmed that they have retrieved the services of Rhulani Manzini, who had just completely recovered from a harsh injury.

“In the next two weeks we will be focusing on endurance, strengthening and gradually work on legs and core followed by the upper body,” Malesela reported with accordance to their upcoming practice drills.

The Pretoria-born coach also showed his delight in working with the same technical team and staff members as last season.

“They already understand my philosophy, so continuity was key. We have only lost our Physio, Alex Morupa, but have replaced him with Mark Anderson,” he added

Chippa United new signings: Sherwin Bailey, Bulumko Ceki, Xolani Mdaki, Vusumuzi Mncube, Sizwe Mdlinzo, Strydom Wambi, Paseka Moko, Phetolo Sekome, Tshwarelo Bereng, Conrad Madolo, Siphesihle Stuurman, Bongani Ndulula, Zama Dlamini, Veli Muthwa, David Zulu (on loan)