Surely it won’t be long now before Siviwe ‘‘Chippa" Mpengesi earns a well-deserved place in the Guinness Book of Records. Mpengesi has developed a reputation as an incredibly impulsive soccer boss and his penchant for sacking coaches without considering the consequences is about the closest thing to US President Donald Trump’s unpredictable behaviour on Twitter. Coaches are on the endangered species list at Port Elizabeth-based Chippa United and it is no exaggeration to suggest that Mpengesi fired some of them before the ink had dried on their contracts. As the owner of a modest Eastern Cape club that finished 10th on the final Premiership standings on the last day of the season in April, Mpengesi and United should not be part of the national discourse. The spotlight should be solely on the event that officially brought down the curtain on the Premier Soccer League campaign — Tuesday night’s annual end-of-season awards — and yet here we are furiously discussing the notoriously trigg...

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