Norman Mapeza is not bothered that he could fail to last long at his new club Chippa United and says he will leave his fate in “God’s hands.”
The Zimbabwean gaffer who joined the ABSA Premiership side on a three-year contract was unveiled by club owner Siviwe Mpengesi on Tuesday.
Mapeza became Chippa’s third coach in two weeks following the sacking of Clinton Larsen and Duran Francis who was in charge of the team for two games as a caretaker coach.
Larsen had spent eight months at the helm, and his term ranks him as the club’s second longest-serving coach. Dan Malesela holds the record of 14 months.
“The two years‚ the three years‚ the five-year contracts and all that‚ you know‚ those things are just a number‚” Mapeza told TimesLive.
“Whatever will happen in the next weeks or in the next two months or three months is not for me to judge because we don’t know what the future holds for us.
“I will leave everything in God’s hands. I’m sure there is a reason why I am here today.
“If I was someone I could have just said‚ ‘No look‚ this team is struggling and they always have coaches sacked after a short while’‚ then I could have just stayed in Zimbabwe.
“Everything that happens in life happens for a reason.”
Should he see out his contract at Chippa‚ Mapeza will become the longest-serving coach at the club.
Meanwhile, his first game in charge will be in the Telkom Knockout first round on the weekend of October 19 to 22 at home against Bloemfontein Celtic‚ followed by an away league match to Highlands Park on October 26.