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New Chippa Coach Reveals Mandate

Chippa United interim coach Kurt Lentjies has opened up on his ‘mandate’ and revealed what he’s changed from the coaches he’s worked under at the club.

The club confirmed Lentjies, who featured in six of their 10 games this season, retired from professional football to replace the suspended head coach Gavin Hunt.

Hunt, assistant coach Ian Taylor and Technical Director Roy Limongell are all set to be relieved of their duties imminently and despite the bold move, Lentjies says he hasn’t been given a clear mandate after his appointment.

“Honestly my mandate is for myself, I wasn’t given one by the team but obviously you can see the situation the team is in. I wouldn’t be standing here now if the team was doing well, I’d probably still be playing,” he said.

“The team is where it is, I know I need to be able to win football matches and I will set up my team to win a football match. Obviously, there’s a type of football I want to implement on the team. I want to stamp my authority and personality, the way that we want to play. So for me, a mandate? Personally, it’s to win football matches that are offered to me.”

The former Mamelodi Sundowns playmaker says he saw the enjoyment from the squad during his first few sessions this week and has urged them to play with more freedom when they face Baroka on Saturday afternoon.

“The players enjoyed [my training sessions], the smiles were there, it’s a bit different, I’ve been here for five years so it’s a bit different from all the other coaches that were here.

“I have a lot of material that I want to implement about the way I feel things should be done, so obviously it’s different and it will take time to adjust. 

“I know the game is on Saturday and you don’t want to put too much on the players, I just want them to play without pressure and enjoy themselves.”

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