I hold no grudges, says ex-Chippa coach
Farouk Abrahams is the third coach to be sacked from Chippa United this season.
CAPE TOWN - Farouk Abrahams, the third coach Chippa United coach to be sacked this year, says he holds no grudges against the team's management or players.
Abrahams spoke to Talk Radio 702's Sports Talk about his unexpected dismissal after just a few weeks on the job.
The team announced on Tuesday that they had parted ways with Abrahams. But the coach says his sacking came as a surprise, more so because the Premier Soccer League club's management said they were happy with Chippa United's performance.
The former coach led the team to five draws, one win and two losses in eight clashes after he replaced Roger Sikhakhane in October and was to the post on a full-time basis in December 2012.
"God gives blessings, and then sometimes he takes them away. At the end of the day, I look at it as a journey that has ended. I had a great time; I really enjoyed it."
Abrahams says not knowing Tuesday was his last day on the job was both "confusing and hurting".
He says after signing Bafana Bafana defender Mbulelo "OJ" Mabizela on Monday, he was "excited" about the team's future and had the desire to finish in eighth place on the log.
"I was very excited because he was one of the players I could see helping us achieve that elusive [idea of] turning draws into wins."
But he says he has left the club with good memories he shared with club owner Chippa Mpengesi.
A task team was set up earlier this month, after some Chippa players claimed Abrahams favoured a select few over others.
The former coach says he has yet to see the report. But he says he was told he was not found guilty of any of the charges against him.
"They came back to me saying they found no evidence of [favouritism]."
Abrahams says the allegations emerged when some players were given early Christmas leave and talks of loaning them to other teams began.
He believes he was sacked to prevent the "under-current" from flaring-up regularly.
"In this case, certainly, it was a matter of player-power winning the day."
Abrahams adds that maybe club management wanted a coach whose time would not be focused on putting out fires.
"They decided it is better if I'm not there, and maybe they can nip this in the bud."
Wilfred Mugeyi, who once played for Zimbabwe's national team and is Ajax Cape Town's former coach, will take over from Abrahams when the season resumes in February.