Discipline top priority for CEO
New Chippa executive already ringing changes
New Chippa United CEO Morgan Mammila wants discipline within the structures of his Absa Premiership soccer side, among many other things up his sleeve.
The 41-year-old former SAPS investigating officer joined the Port Elizabeth professional side two weeks ago and has already made dramatic changes.
His first week in office saw the axing of coach Joel Masutha and the exodus of 13 players.
The CEO says this was part of his operation in “cleaning up the mess”.
“There were too many duplicate players and, with too many players, you will always have too many meetings and back-stabbing,” Mammila – a former soccer player for Magadimane Fast XI FC – said.
“I hate back-stabbing with all my heart, so we work as a team. We are not angels and we all are bound to make mistakes, even myself.
“But what is important is that we must respect the team.”
Now, after two weeks in the hot seat, Mammila says everything is going smoothly.
“This team was a mess. I am not expecting miracles, all I need is basic things.
“If the team train at 9am they have to be at the stadium 30 minutes before. At the office, we start at 9am and knock off at 5pm. That is all I need – discipline from players, management and the staff.
“Football is teamwork, it’s not a one-man show. Once we work as a team and stick to the basics this team will improve.”
Mammila, who once owned Castle League side Maatlopo United FC, will also be monitoring club boss Siviwe Mpengesi’s habit of firing and hiring coaches.
The team are on the fifth coach this season, with Clinton Larsen coming in to replace Masutha.
“Once the team perform and start behaving like a team there will not be hiring and firing, because everything will be smooth.
“But one thing for sure that I can tell you, there is not going to be hiring and firing now.
“The coach has five months with us and he will finish his period. If we are happy with him I’d love to work with him for the coming years,” he said.
The Chilli Boys broke their 10-match winless deadlock in the league last week when they beat Maritzburg United 2-0, in a bottom-of-the-log clash.
“I said give me only two weeks with this team and everything will be in good shape. You could see how the team performed last weekend. We won,” Mammila said.
“Now I don’t think people can say we are relegation candidates. Our main focus is to save the status and next season to play one cup final. Also to take this team to top-eight.”
The CEO is also looking at adding more personnel to the bench. He said they were looking at having two assistant coaches next season.
He made reference to Orlando Pirates signing Fadlu Davids as the team’s second assistant coach.
“If so-called big teams can have two assistant coaches, then what is stopping us? I always say if you want to be the best you have to learn from the best,” he said.
Chippa fans were also part of Mammila’s to-do list.
“I don’t think supporters here got what they deserve. They are my first priority. I am here to make them happy.”
In 2013 Mammila joined Baraoka, but on a part-time basis as he was still working fulltime for the SAPS.
In December 2015 he resigned from the SAPS to concentrate fully on football.
“To be honest, my highlights are still coming in football. I haven’t achieved anything for now,” he said.
Asked if he did not consider Baroka’s Telkom Cup win in 2018 as an achievement, he said: “I am happy but it’s not enough for me. I think my target is to take a team to the top four in the league – then I will be happy.
“With the cup you win having played five matches, so each and every team can do that.
“But for top-four it is 30 games and you need to plan.”
The CEO said his biggest headache at the moment was to get the team a sponsor. He promised that at the start of the new season the club would have a new sponsor.
“I am not here to prove myself . . . I am at Chippa wholeheartedly and my focus is to make this team a better team.”..