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NEWS: Kurt Lentjies named Chippa caretaker coach

Chippa United have named Kurt Lentjies as the team’s interim coach and Siya Gwambi as his assistant following the suspension of Gavin Hunt as head coach.

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Chippa United have named Kurt Lentjies as the team's interim coach and Siya Gwambi as his assistant following the suspension of Gavin Hunt as head coach.

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Hunt and his right-hand men Ian Taylor and Ray Limongelli were suspended on Monday morning. Chippa only managed one win under Hunt this season and are on a nine-match winless streak.

Lentjies, 36, made the move to Chippa in 2017, before hanging up his boots at the end of last season. Since then, he has got his coaching qualifications.

Lentjies and Gwambi Lentjies and Gwambi oversaw the morning training session at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Monday.

“Following the club having endured its worst start to the league of 10 matches and only one victory, the club has placed head coach Gavin Hunt on precautionary suspension, while [it] investigates the matter according to its internal processes,” the statement said.

“In the absence of the head coach, Kurt Lentjies will take up a caretaker position and shall be assisted by Siyabulela Gwambi.

“Lentjies has been a stalwart for the club, and following his retirement from playing ensured he attained his coaching qualifications.

“His intricate knowledge of the team, players, and culture of the club should ensure the club will be in good stead during this period.

“We trust that these measures will be the beginning of a turnaround to the season, and bring hope again to the stakeholders and fans of the Pride of the Eastern Cape.”

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