Siviwe Mpengesi: Angry Fans Send Message to PSL Teams Over Chippa United Boss’ Support for Nigeria

Siviwe Mpengesi: Angry Fans Send Message to PSL Teams Over Chippa United Boss’ Support for Nigeria

Babajide Orevba
updated at February 8, 2024 at 2:46 PM
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  • Siviwe Mpengesi publicly declared his support for Nigeria before the AFCON semi-final against South Africa
  • The Chippa United boss is leveraging on the publicity courtesy of Stanley Nwabali's performance for Nigeria
  • Fans in his home country have expressed disappointment after Nigeria defeated Bafana Bafana on penalties

Angry South African fans have called on Premier Soccer League teams to ensure Chippa United are relegated from the topflight by the end of this season.

Reactions have continued to trail the comments by the club's chairman, Siviwe Mpengesi, who threw his weight of support on Nigeria during the semi-final clash with South Africa at the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

The Chilli Boys boss stirred controversy with a statement that many termed as unpatriotic.

Stanley Nwabali, Super Eagles, Nigeria, Chippa United.
Stanley Nwabali has been impressive at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. Photo: MB Media.
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Hours before the highly-anticipated encounter, Mpengesi released an official statement saying he would be rooting for the Super Eagles instead of Bafana Bafana, GOAL reports.

The club's chief said he would be supporting goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali, who has brought attention to the club following his impressive performance at the tournament.

And in a dramatic fashion, Nigeria won the tie via a penalty shootout, with Nwabali winning the Man of the Match award.

Mpengesi's earlier remarks have sparked anger amongst South African fans, as many want Chippa United taken out. An angry supporter said:

"We have a mandate next month. Every team must make sure they suffer."

Another added:

"I'm done with them. We embark on project relegate Chippa United from now on."

One said:

"Any PSL team losing against Chippa United will make me so angry, we must work together to relegate that useless club."

Chippa United congratulate Nwabali

Sports Brief earlier reported that Premier Soccer League club Chippa United continue to defy convention by congratulating Nigerian goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali for his heroics against their own country, South Africa.

Nigeria faced South Africa in the semi-final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations and came out victorious on penalties after a pulsating encounter in 120 minutes.

Nwabali was awarded the Man of the Match for his heroics, pulling off important saves in the game and saving two spot-kicks during the shootout.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.