- Dan Malesela has made a stunning return to Chippa United only eight months after being fired from the club
- The 52-year-old has downplayed the fuss surrounding his reappointment at the club and says fate played a role
- Malesela said he believes it was God’s will for him to return to Port Elizabeth and Chippa United
Dan Malesela has made a stunning return to Chippa United only eight months after being fired as the coach of the club. His return has shocked many in the South African soccer fraternity.
The 52-year-old master tactician has downplayed the fuss and buzz which his return to Port Elizabeth has caused in the media and said fate had played a role in his return.
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Malesela said eight months ago he believed he could join any club and move on with his life, but now he believes that it was God’s will for him to return to Port Elizabeth and Chippa United.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Malesela who worked with Mamelodi Sundowns and their coach, Pitso Mosimane, during his time away is expected to implement some of the lessons which he learned from the PSL champions.
”I am grateful to be back. I really appreciate that the chairman is presenting me with this opportunity again,” he said.
Malesela admits that he learned a lot from Mosimane during his spell with Sundowns, which included winning the PSL and winning the African Championship.
“I enjoy working with players on the pitch, but the break helped me to reflect and watch a lot of football,” Malesela said.
Malesela heaped praise on Mosimane and said all domestic coaches should sit up and take note of what was happening at Sundowns.
”We can all take lessons from what Pitso is doing at Sundowns. It’s impressive. He has taken things to another level and we must emulate his achievements.
Malesela said his team’s approach next season would be focused more on offensive possession than it has been in the past.
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