Sikhakhane steps down at Chippa
ROGER Sikhakhane has asked to be moved from his role as coach of Chippa United and will be given another function at the club, owner Siviwe Mpengesi said yesterday.
Sikhakhane is the latest coaching casualty in a season of some attrition already, leaving after the club were beaten 2-0 by Lamontville Golden Arrows in Durban on Saturday.
Goalkeeper coach Farouk Abrahams has been appointed as caretaker coach, but Mpengesi is searching for a successor. He said he had approached Muhsin Ertugral and former Maritzburg United coach Ian Palmer but they had other plans.
Ertugral has been offered a chance to coach in Japan. Palmer is involved with SuperSport as a television analyst.
"We have two games next week so I'm not sure whether it's a good thing to get the new coach in just yet. We don't want him to come in and then be faced with the immediate pressure. So we won't be rushed into making any decisions just yet," Mpengesi said
Sikhakhane had been in charge for just six matches, drawing the first, winning the second but losing the rest.
"I've not yet finalised what I will do with Roger, but we are not firing him. It is Roger who asked to be moved. It has been tough for him and his health is also not the best," Mpengesi added.
Sikhakhane's switch follows coaching changes at Ajax Cape Town, Lamontville Golden Arrows and Orlando Pirates this season.