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Chippa say releasing Mokwena was a business decision

Chippa United have explained that releasing coach Rhulani Mokwena to return to Orlando Pirates was purely a business decision.

Some reports claimed that the reason behind the departure was due to allegations of an unsanctioned group training session conducted by Mokwena.

However, Chippa's chief operations officer Lukhanyo Mzinzi insists these reports are false.

"His departure has nothing to do with reports that the club trained in one place which is not authorized under the lockdown regulations. It had nothing to do with that. It is a business decision," Mzinzi told IOL.

"We had a short-term contract with coach Rhulani. Some call it a loan contract. That contract is ending next week Tuesday or at the end of the month if I may say.

"We worked well with the coach, he was just unfortunate to have only overseen one match because of circumstances beyond our control."

"So, we've not extended the loan deal. We've allowed him to go back to Orlando Pirates," Mzinzi continued.

"The decision was taken based of the business interest of the club. In as much as we love our coach, it was a business decision that we took.

"There's uncertainty at the business and we had to take business decisions. What is happening at the club affects everyone. We will allow him to go back to his parent club."