The prophecy has materialised in my life
Chippa United is the up and coming soccer team that reached the Premier Soccer League (PSL)only two years after its formation. TheCape Townbased team beatSantos4-3 in the promotion-relegation playoffs at Phillipi Stadium inCape Townon Saturday, 30 June 2012.
Siviwe Mpegsi, known as “Chippa”, the founder of Chippa United, said it had not been easy for his team to get in to the PSL.
“Owning a soccer team is not an easy task. When we started playing against other teams it was very difficult. People were discouraging and said we not going to make it, but I never lost hope. When my team played, I was wearing a Temple of Solomont-shirt. It shows the replica of Solomon’s temple that theUniversalChurchis building inSao Paulo. When Bishop Macedo said whoever supports this work will be rich, I believed what he said. I wore the t-shirt because I support the Temple of Solomon and through this, God has honoured my faith,” said Siviwe.
He told Universal News that his dream of owning a soccer team started when his company was appointed to provide security at stadiums inCape Town during the 2009 Confederations Cup.
“I was not a football fan and never attended matches, but after my company was appointed to provide security, I decided to familiarise myself with football. I realised that there had never been a black-owned team in this area, so I did something about it. I told myself that the same God who took me out of a shack, would make my name great as He promised in the Bible,” said Siviwe.
Through hard work and the teachings of faith, his dream materialised. Chippa United was formed in June 2010 when Siviwe bought the Paarl-based team, Mbekweni Cosmos. He renamed them and relocated them to Nyanga where they played in the Vodacom League. After spending three seasons in the second division, it only took one season for the new Chippa United to graduate from the National First Division to the Premier Soccer League.
“We have already been outnumbering other teams with both home and away support. So far we’ve had support from people from theEastern Cape, my employees and members of the UCKG,” he said.
Today Siviwe owns several companies ranging from a computer school to his own radio station, 91.5 Chippa FM, and has offices throughout the country. He employs more than 3000 people in his security company. One of his major achievements has been taking ownership of the Phillipi stadium, where England and Uruguay practised during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The UCKG All Answers Event was also held at the stadium where 30,000 people came to seek their answers of God.