Chippa United make major squad shakeup with 16 players released

The Chilli Boys have made a big statement of intent following the mass departures

Chippa United have announced their intentions of a major squad overhaul after releasing 16 players following a 12th place finish in the PSL.

The Chili Boys had an inconsistent season that saw them manage just eight league wins while drawing 10 and they seem determined to right those wrongs in 2024-25 given the mass exodus.

Chippa have offloaded Luvuyo Memela, Roscoe Petersen, Senzo Nkwanyana, Loydt Kazapua, Azola Ntsabo, Siyabonga Nhlapo, Siphelele Luthuli, Darren Johnson, Menzi Ndwandwe, Andile Fakude, Kamohelo Mahlatsi, Diego Apollis, Khanyisile Mayo, Siseko Manona, Yurig Conwood, and Andile Mbenyane.

‘Promise of exciting new signings that will be unveiled in due course’

The club also confirmed that Goodman Mosele will return to Orlando Pirates while Gadinkame Modise will be back to Mamelodi Sundowns after the end of their season-long loan spell.

“We extend our heartfelt thanks to all the above players for their dedication and contribution to the club. You have all brought pride to the Eastern Cape, and we wish you the very best in your future endeavours,” Chippa said via a social media post while promising to replace the departing players with top talent.

“This announcement comes with the promise of exciting new signings that will be unveiled in due course. Fans can also look forward to seeing new faces from the Eastern Cape as we continue to build a strong and competitive team for the coming season.”

Chippa have a big decision on the future of goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali

The Eastern Cape side have a big rebuilding job on their hands as they seek for better fortunes next season and will also hope for some stability in the dugout.

Chippa sacked Morgan Mammila, having taken over from Dan Malesela, with Thabo September and Kwanele Kopo joining as co-coaches.

The duo led the club to the semi-final of the Nedbank Cup but failed to replicate the good form in the league.

The club also has a big decision to make on the future of highly-rated goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali who has attracted interest from a host of PSL sides as well as teams out of South Africa following his sterling performance for Nigeria at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

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