JOHANNESBURG – Tebogo Moloi is still the interim coach at Chippa United, even though the club has offered him a deal to become a permanent fixture at the club.
Last week, Moloi stated that he would sign the contract soon but when asked again this past week whether he had signed the new deal, he stated that there was no rush to put penonto paper.
Moloi spoke to the media after his side beat AmaZulu 2-0 at King Zwelithini Stadium in an Absa Premiership clash.
Explained Moloi: “The chairman (Siviwe Mpengesi) and my agent are still teeing up the finer points. I mean, he is somebody that is more like the old-school Orlando Pirates chairman. You know when I talk of an old Pirates chairman, people think of bra Irvin (Khoza). I’m not taking off bra Irvin. When I joined Pirates, bra Irvin was not the chairman.
“I’m talking of the chairman that was there when I was still playing. Dr Irvin came later. I’m talking about chairman that was there when my father was still playing when Jomo Sono was still playing.
“I heard stories from Jomo and my father how the team was selected from (the chairman’s office),” Moloi explained. “That’s the type of the chairman that I have. He wants to be given a say. He loves football and he wants to contribute. From there you can give him your thoughts, give him your reasons.”
Even so, Moloi, who replaced Dan Malesela in September last year and has done a sterling job during his tenure, will be pushing for a permanent contract. “I want my contract and I must be safe,” he said.
“I’m not scared (of Mpengesi). I hear people call him trigger-happy but he is not trigger-happy. He becomes trigger-happy if you don’t want to listen to him.
“He is somebody who can sit until 3am watching football (and then talk about it). He loves football. He was a Pirates supporter. That’s why I call him a through-and-through, old Pirates chairman,” Moloi explained.
Mpengesi is known for not being patient with coaches but Moloi defended him nonetheless.
“We won (on Sunday) and he called me after the game. And when you will think you are done, he will call again at 11pm and then when I want to sleep, he will call again and say: ‘Mhlekazi ndijongile le-game (How are you sir, I’m watching this game), did you see this and did you see that?’
“If you have an inside track to football, you need to understand him. You will realise that this man loves football and this is what was missing in him. He wanted to have an input into the team. If you listen to him, he is always going to be happy. The contract we will sign eventually, because my agent and he, they are still discussing the finer details. I don’t want to have a long-term contract that is not worth it. Let us make it worth it. So, we are not rushing,” Moloi concluded.