The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and Premier Soccer League team Chippa United announced today that the Cape Town based outfit will be making the iconic Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium its home ground for at least the next three years.
Although the contract with the club is officially over a three year period as per the legal requirement, Club Chairman, Mr Siviwe “Chippa” Mpengesi committed the club for the next 20 years to the Eastern Cape Province, which was greeted with satisfaction from the audience.
“We are here to stay. If the municipality would like to change the name, we are open to suggestions. We are not here for selfish reasons or to disappoint because I never imagined that we would leave the small stadium in Philipi to play in a world-class facility like the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Even the Wolfson Stadium (the training facility of the team) is bigger than the stadium that we had,” said Mpengesi who grew up in the Eastern Cape.
Executive Mayor Benson Fihla said: “Comrade Nelson Mandela, after whom this beautiful stadium and our municipality are named after, famously said that sport has the power to change the world. I am reminded of this as we are all here today to make the important announcement of Chippa United relocating to Nelson Mandela Bay to make this amazing stadium their home ground.
“Mr Mpengesi, our agreement will not just give your club