Chippa United have retained their PSL status, albeit the back-door amidst the much-publicised no-show drama of Royal AM in their promotion/relegation play-off matches.
Chippa endured a difficult 2020/2021 Premier League season which culminated in the team to play in the dreaded promotion/relegation play-offs.
The controversial PSL promotion/relegation play-offs reached their conclusion at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium where Chippa United secured their DStv Premiership status for next season following a no-show from opponents Royal AM.
Royal AM have been embroiled in a legal battle with the PSL over the club’s belief that it should have secured automatic promotion from the GladAfrica Championship. The KwaZulu Natal-based outfit boycotted all their previous play-off matches.
This helped and eased fears that Chippa could be relegated. Chippa United recorded a 2-1 win and a 1-1 draw against the other play-off contender Richards Bay FC to mathematically survive the drop.
The chaotic situation surrounding the play-offs stems from the decision by the PSL Disciplinary Committee to award three points to Royal’s rivals Sekhukhune United, which resulted in the latter securing automatic promotion at their expense.
This drama is set to continue as Royal AM have vowed to fight the decision legally till the bitter end.
Chippa boss Siviwe Mpengesi send shockwaves through the PSL by capturing the signature of decorated coach Gavin Hunt. Hunt is the longest serving head coach in the modern PSL era and is also the most decorated coach currently serving in the PSL.
Hunt won numerous individual accolades such as the first Coach of the Year award in 2002 while at Black Leopards. He also won the same award on three consecutive occasions as he guided SuperSport United to three PSL titles in a row from 2008-2010.
Hunt also guided the now-defunct Bidvest Wits to their first ever league title in the club’s 99-year history back in 2016. He has won several domestic trophies and tournaments as head coach of various teams. His last stint was as the coach of Kaizer Chiefs.