Orlando Pirates Legend Daine Klate Surprisingly Unveiled As Chippa United’s New Head Coach
- Chippa United have unveiled Daine Klate as the new head coach of the Chilli Boys for the new season
- Daine Klate achieved success as a player and spent the past two season's as Chippa United's Diski Challenge coach
- Chippa United have been without a permanent manager since Gavin Hunt was let go by the club
Chippa United have pulled off arguably one of the biggest surprises of the pre-season.
The Gqeberha-based side first placed Kurt Lentjies on special leave and today announced their new head coach.
The Chilli Boys unveiled former Orlando Pirates star, Daine Klate, as their new head coach, KickOff reported.
Klate is one of the Premier Soccer League's (PSL) most decorated players. He won 15 trophies, including six league titles during his career which spanned 16 years.
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Klate played for Supersport United, Orlando Pirates and Wits and was last at Chippa United before he retired. He then returned to the club as coach of the DStv Diski Challenge side for the past two seasons.
The club took to social media to make the announcement of Klate’s appointment and add that he will be assisted by Bruce July and Siya Gwambi.
The head coach position at the club has been vacant since December 2021 when Gavin Hunt was let go by the club. Kurt Lentjies took over as interim manager but was placed on special leave last week.
Chippa United places Kurt Lentjies on special leave as the hunt for a permanent manager continues
Kurt Lentjies’ future at Chippa United remains in serious doubt.
Lentjies has been serving as interim coach since the club parted ways with Gavin Hunt.
Club chairman Siviwe Mpengesi confirmed that the club were still in the process of filling the vacancy of the head coach position. In order to do so in a fair manner, they opted to put Lentjies on special leave until a decision has been made.
Kurt Lentjies retains the Chippa United coaching role, and will remain at the PSL club until the end of the season
Former Chippa United player and current caretaker coach Kurt Lentjies will remain in charge of the club until the end of the season.
As reported by Sports Brief, Chippa United recently made changes to their technical team and management as they try to avoid relegation this season.
In making the changes, Chippa United confirmed that Kurt Lentjies would remain in the position of head coach until the season ended, Soccer Laduma reports. Lentjies was the caretaker coach at the club.