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Soccer Laduma|4 December 2019
For this reason, Clinton Larsen was shown the door as head coach, but still, under new mentor Norman Mapeza, the struggle persists, although they did win two games on the trot recently.

At 6 foot 3 inches tall, Frederic Nsabi-yumva is a towering figure in the heart of the Chippa United defence, and, ever since he signed for the team in February last year, has caught the eye with his on-field leadership style and calm demeanour. However, following the struggles of last season where they barely survived relegation, this campaign is fast proving to be a repeat, and winning games is proving to be an insurmountable mountain for the coastal side.

For this reason, Clinton Larsen was shown the door as head coach, but still, under new mentor Norman Mapeza, the struggle persists, although they did win two games on the trot recently. Where has it all been falling apart? In this interview, the 24-year-old Burundian maintains his usual cool head and insists to Soccer Laduma’s Beaver Nazo that he and his teammates are doing all in their power to bring positive results to the team.

Beaver Nazo: Fere, you were appointed captain of Chippa United at the start of this season, even though you no longer wear the armband now. What was it like to lead the team?

Frederic Nsabiyumva: Well, it was good to lead the Chilli Boys at the start of the season.

BN: So, why are you no longer wearing the armband?

FN: The time they appointed the new coach (NormanMapeza), the chairman (Siviwe Mpengesi) decided to change the club captaincy and handed it over to our goalkeeper, Patrick Tignyemb. I respected that and everything is okay.

BN: Was that discussed with you before it happened?

FN: Yes, it was discussed with me and I accepted that the club needed to make changes.

BN: How did it feel?

FN: Well, as a professional player, I know that when the results are not coming, the management has the right to ring changes whenever they feel like it. My job is to play football, whether I am the captain or not. I took it positively, like a man, and I support ‘Paddy’ as the new club captain.

BN: You’ve been in South Africa since the age of 18. How would you sum up your stay up to this point?

FN: It has been good, man. I have experienced so many things. You know how it is when you have to leave your own country and see different things, different people. You have to adjust and all that.

BN: What challenges have you had to face?

FN: The difficulties were that I was in a new place and you know when you’re in a new place, you don’t know anyone and you can’t even go out. Like I said, you have to adjust and work on getting new friends. Even on the field, you are with new teammates and it sometimes takes time to understand them. And you must remember that the Absa Premiership is the biggest league in Africa and coming here, on its own, was always going to be a challenge for a young player like me. You have to only think about doing the best that you can at all times. The culture here and the way of living in Johannesburg was difficult to adapt to, but after I settled in, I didn’t have any problems.

BN: What helped you in the process of settling in?

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