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Mokwena opens up on why Loftman didn't join him at Chippa

Rulani Mokwena has tried to explain why Michael Loftman will not join him as the assistant coach at Chippa United.

Mokwena was sent "on loan" to take over the hot seat at the Chilli Boys with Pirates also saying that technical analyst Loftman will be joining the Port Elizabeth-based team as the number two.

However, Loftman has not joined Mokwena at Chippa and has instead stayed with the Buccaneers technical staff under head coach Josef Zinnbauer.

Mokwena explained: "To be honest, I don’t know. I spoke to Michael prior to accepting and Michael showed willingness.

"He was extremely interested to come and, of course, we needed to get support from the chairman for it to happen.

"The chairman gave his blessing, but I don’t know what happened thereafter. But it’s not important.

"It’s just about us moving forward and providing that opportunity to someone else.

"We are happy with the technical team we have put together here. The players are happy with the technical team."