The new coach of the new Chilli Boys reviewed the team he inherited
Chippa United has announced the arrival of 16 new players ahead of the 2021/22 Premier Soccer League season.
Mamelodi Sundowns midfielders Phakamani Mahlambi and Sammy Seabi have been loaned out to Chippa after also being away from their mother club for the past term.
Defensive midfielder Siphesihle Mkhize also joins the Sundowns duo.
Coach Gavin Hunt enlisted the services of veteran forward Rodney Ramagalela of Black Leopards.
Botswana international Mogakolodi Ngele has also joined the Chilli Boys of Marumo Gallants.
Hunt is building a new project in the Eastern Cape with a signing campaign that also includes veteran defender Roscoe Pietersen, who previously appeared at SuperSport United, AmaZulu and Cape Town Spurs.
With Hunt in the most dangerous position in the Premier Soccer League, however, he found solace in signing players without experience in the top leagues after bringing in Azola Sailors, Jenovane and Kewen Prince at amateur clubs.
Other new additions include 20-year-old Namibian center-back Lubeni Haukongo, who comes from LOSC Lille in Ligue 1, as well as 21-year-old Malian Aboubacar Sangare who played for Jomo Cosmos last season.
Little known players like Loydt Kazapua, Zuko Mdunyelwa Jemondre Dickens, Veluyeke Zulu and Tebogo Makobela are other players signed by Hunt.
Chippa United barely survived the relegation last season, and it remains to be seen whether Hunt’s new records will perform better in the 2021/22 season.
Among the new signings, attention is drawn to the Mahlambi of Sundowns, whose personal fate, however, has diminished over the past three seasons.
The former Bidvest Wits star was a promising player in the early days of his professional career and at one point played for Egyptian giant Al Ahly.
But his return to the PSL was marked by disciplinary issues at Sundowns, which led to last season’s loan spell at AmaZulu, where he scored just two league games.
For Seabi, it’s another loan spell after playing for Swallows FC in that capacity last season.
The Chilli Boys begin their PSL campaign on Saturday with a visit to Sekhukhune United.