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"I promised myself that I would never talk about Chippa any more," says Dan Malesela



Dan Malesela has shut the book on Chippa United, and in the interests of finding closure he does not even want to talk about his previous club any more.

The TS Galaxy coach said Wednesday that their new National First Division (NFD) team is preparing for their Nedbank Cup qualifying round match against Ajax Cape Town at their Kameelrivier Stadium base, north-east of Pretoria on Sunday, that his mind is now firmly on his new job.

Malesela was fired by trigger-happy Chippa three matches in this season in August after starting the Absa Premiership with two defeats and a draw.

His successor, Eric Tinkler, started with two wins from four games, but has since gone five matches without a win, including three losses, as the owner of the Siviwe Chippa Mpengesi Eastern Cape club continues to climb in the 12th place in Absa Premiership.

Malesela was asked at a Sunday at a Nedbank Cup press conference at PSL offices in Parktown about Tinkler's ongoing struggles at Chippa.

"I'll be honest with you, I promised myself that I would never ever talk about Chippa any more," the 1980s Orlando Pirates defensive star said.

"I've got reasons, because then I may not find closure with what happened.

"It's pretty disappointing to be fired after three matches. But I need to find a closure to that. And I think I'm making good progress.

"I really want to focus on what I need to do next. And also being at TS Galaxy, to achieve what we are trying to achieve.

"I'm done with Chippa. My mind is clearing up.

"For sure there's a little bit there." [in my mind]. And obviously you will not lie and say completely, 'Yes, I'm done, I'm done'.

"No, no. Maybe there's a little bit. But I'm making good progress [forgetting]. "

It was Malesela's second time fired three matches in a season by United.

He was asked if his words meant he had made the decision never to return to the chilli boys.

"No, no, no. I do not know. Unless they were saying that there were only two clubs in the world, and the only one you could train was Chippa, and the other one did not want me – then I would go back ", the Galaxy coach said, grinning.

"No, but, a serious note, no. No, I've taken too many punches – I've had enough. "

The Galaxy, the club formed when the former intermediary Tim Sukazi bought the franchise of Cape Town All Stars in late May, have had a slow start in the NFD this season and are in 12th place from two wins, seven draws and three wins.

NFD team at the Nedbank Cup qualifying round (at at 3pm) –

Saturday:

Cape Umoya United v TS Sporting (Athlone Stadium)

Richards Bay FC v. Royal Eagles (Umhlatuze Sports Complex)

Witbank Spurs v Uthongathi FC (Puma Rugby Stadium)

University of Pretoria v Maccabi FC (Tuks Stadium)

Sunday:

TS Galaxy v Ajax Cape Town (Kameelrivier Stadium)

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila v Ubuntu Cape Town FC (Thohoyandou Stadium)

Jomo Cosmos v Real Kings (Vosloorus Stadium)

Stellenbosch FC v Mbombela United FC (Idas Valley Stadium)


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