By Gontse Hlophe

Spotted by his bald head and good fashion sense, Morgan Mmamila embarked on his journey from starting as a taxi owner, to a career as a police officer and is now at the managerial helm of Chippa United.
The 47-year-old Mmamila has been in the world of football for several years, being able to work with a few of the DStv Premiership teams like Baroka, Royal Eagles and Chippa United.
Mmamila has worn many hats in past years. He was the CEO of the Chilli boys until 2019, he worked as the CEO at KwaZulu-Natal GladAfrica Championship side Royal Eagles. He first worked with Chippa Mpengesi in the 2018/19 season after he quit his position as CEO of Baroka FC.
Moreover, Mmamila was the first CEO of BCM Stars, formerly Peace Makers FC, before Mpengesi’s son, Sandiso Mpengesi, bought the club and now making his return to the club for the second time.
“When I was a police officer in Johannesburg, I bought the status of a Castle League club Matlope United. I was a taxi driver, too, and my small salary as a police officer went to this team. My grandmother was looking after the team and taxi business. She was also supportive of my ventures,” said Mmamila.
Interestingly, for the love of the game, he has vowed that he will function in any position the chairman requires of him, as long as it is football. Since he arrived at Chippa United, Mmamila has seen a meteoric rise after guiding his side to a 2-1 win over Kaizer Chiefs in the DStv Premiership clash at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Aside from defeating Kaizer Chiefs, Chippa United also boasts a 2-1 victory against AmaZulu. The Chilli Boys also defeated Marumo Gallants 1-0 in the same season making his start of the season one of a kind.
“I don’t really think people will now change their minds about me. In football, everyone has an opinion. A lot of people don’t know my background and I am not here to prove a point to anyone. I have won titles in the Castle League. I even won the Telkom Knockout as a CEO at Baroka when Wedson Nyirenda was coaching,” Mammila said.
Mammila has also played scout. Just a kilometre from the village he comes from in Ga-Mampa, he unearthed a raw talent in Evidence Makgopa who plays for the South African National team as a forward player. “One thing about me, I’m very flexible. I can be a scout, work in the office and coach. Wherever the chairman sends me, I will go. I am a football person (sic). I sleep and eat football, he added.
Mmamila becomes the first ever Chippa United coach to register four straight wins after coming victorious against AmaZulu, Marumo Gallants, Kaizer Chiefs and Sekhukhune United. He led the Chilli boys to the fifth position on the log standings with 17 points from 11 fixtures, following the 12 points they grabbed from past games.
In his tenure, Cape Town City became the first team to topple off Chippa United from their winning streak. However, the coach is the first manager to have won four consecutive games this season’s campaign.
“We are not concerned. If you play your normal football and stay positive on your plan, you will win more games and lose less,” Coach Mmamila articulates on not being concerned about opposition teams figuring him out and bursting his bubble.

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