Chippa United boss, Chippa Mpengesi, has been devastated by the drowning of his 20-month-old infant son, Zenande Mpengesi in a pool in the family's Tygervalley home, on Saturday. Despite the tragedy, the South African club club defeated Orlando Pirates 1-0 in Premier Soccer League giants played in Port Elizabeth. But heartbroken, Mpengesi missed the action.
On Sunday, members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God assembled at Mpengesi’s house to share their condolences and mourn with Chippa. Family spokesperson, Abongile Mnyanda, expressed the family's distraught over the incident.
Mnyanda said: “According to the child-minder, the little boy was playing with other kids, he then walked out. “Then his elder siblings rushed out and found the child drowning. “With the help of the nanny, they then called for assistance from neighbours.
“Paramedics also came to the scene to resuscitate but without luck. “We are very saddened. Chippa couldn’t even watch the game. He flew back before the game started. The family is still puzzled and shocked about what happened.
“It’s not known how the child landed into the water because the pool is fenced off. Police say investigation has begun.