Chippa United to apologise to former coach

BY MARC JACOBSON - FEBRUARY 17, 2016

Chippa United have offered an apology to former coach, Roger Sikhakhane, for allegations of claiming through media outlets that he once reported to duty smelling of alcohol.

The apology was a part of the settlement jurisdicted in the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Chippa confirmed Sikhakhane’s suspension on 8th December and the allegation for smelling of alcohol occurred when the Chilli Boys played a friendly fixture against Mthatha Bucks on 6th December in Mthatha.

He was also allegedly charged for late arrival at the match, while also allegedly fighting with the team’s manager, Marks Totwana, on the same occasion.

Sikhakhane’s agent, Abbie Rasimphi, told Times Live that a settlement has been reached between the former coach and the club.

“As part of the settlement, they are going to pay him a six- month salary with the first payment due within 48 hours, the legal costs and apologise by issuing a statement to the media for claiming he smelt of alcohol on duty because they can't prove that,” Rasimphi said.

"They further apologised for any harm caused as a result of the claims. They will also pay him outstanding bonuses from the matches that he was winning while in charge,” he added.

Speculations are teeming that the Chippa’s interim coach, Dan Malesela, is likely to be appointed as permanent coach now that the matters of Sikhakhane has been resolved.

The Chilli Boys beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 at Dr. Molemela Stadium on Sunday in their ABSA Premiership fixture. They now play Free State Stars at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday 20th February in their next match.

Chippa United are currently sixth placed on the Premiership standings after winning nine out of 19 matches played this season.

Image: Siviwe Mpengesi (Chippa United Chairman) alongside former coach, Roger Sikhakhane.