There would appear to be no end to the ambition and boundless energy being exuded by Chippa United ahead of the new Premier Soccer League (PSL) season.
The man driving the Chippa machine is their ambitious owner, Siviwe Mpengesi, who has never been satisfied with mediocrity from either his coaching staff or players.
Last season the Chilli Boys had an impressive run in the PSL, finishing sixth on the log and thereby booking themselves a place in the MTN8 competition, which is due to start next month.
A sign of the ambition in the club was displayed when Mpengesi unveiled the 13 new players he had signed to bolster his squad for the new campaign.
The big name signing was 26-year-old former Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana striker Bongani Ndulula. Ndulula, who was born in Aliwal North, is returning to his Eastern Cape roots and this will please the fans who support the team when they play at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
The far-sighted Mpengesi needs to be complimented for boosting the local flavour of the team.
Among the signings are three players returning to the Port Elizabeth-based side in Veeplaas-born defender Siphesihle Stuurman (from Vasco da Gama), former Baroka goalkeeper Veli Muthwa and Kristopher Bergman, who was on loan to Cape Town All Stars last season.
Chippa have also promoted two Port Elizabeth youngsters, Sherwin Bailey and Bulumko Ceki, from their Multichoice Diski Team.
Mpengesi has no doubt the enthusiastic coach, Dan Malesela, is the right person to groom and transform the youngsters.
Malesela wants to create an environment where there is fierce competition for places in the first team. He feels that this will help the players prosper when the chips are down.
All the early signs suggest that Chippa United will continue to keep the Eastern Cape’s flag flying high in the PSL.