By Sports Reporter
FORMER Warriors coach Norman Mapeza has blamed unrealistic expectations from the club’s management and disrespect from players for his shock resignation from his role as head coach of South African Premiership side Chippa United coach Monday.
Mapeza made the revelations in his resignation letter whose copy was leaked to the media Tuesday.
“I hereby give notice to terminate my contract with Chippa United with immediate effect,” Mapeza’s resignation letter reads.
“It is my view that the team is in need of a new voice. As it stands, I do not feel I am able to get the team where it is expected to be for reasons including, but not limited to, the short amount of time I have worked with the team vis-à-vis the expectation of the club and its management.
“The club may benefit from new set of hands with a different skill set and coaching approach.
“It is my hope that we can reach mutual agreement pertaining to the termination of this contract and severe the relationship in an amicable way for both parties.”
Mapeza’s resignation came barely 24 hours after steering the team to a 1-0 victory over AmaZulu, breaking a five-game winless streak that piled pressure on him.
He leaves Chippa 11th on the premiership standings, five points off the drop zone a massive improvement from when he joined the club in October.
The former FC Platinum coach joined Chippa five months ago when the club was languising at the bottom of the log and in real danger of being relegated.
Meanwhile Chippa boss Siviwe Mpengesi has revealed that there were desperate to hold on to the Zimbabwean coach despite his decision to step down.
“The coach said he does not see eye-to-eye with most of the Chippa players and has noticed signs of disrespect from some players,” Mpengesi was quoted in the South African media on Wednesday.
“We are known as a team which usually fires coaches but this time around it’s the coach who has resigned. The coach’s resignation came as a surprise to us after the win at the weekend.
“We will now sit as management to try to figure a way forward. I am sure by noon today we will make an announcement. We cannot take chances and finish the league without a coach with the state we are in, so we need someone to take over.”