Thursday, August 6, 2020

Time of uncertainty for soccer coaches and their destinations

The 2009/10 season has come to an end and the journey towards the next season now begins. The past season proved to be the most interesting, especially looking at the record set by champions, Township Rollers.

Rollers have raked in many points and also scored most goals ever seen on the local football scene.
They finished on 78 points and scored a massive 83 goals. However, the critical point for the next season in this part of the season is the technical department. This is the time whereby teams should be finalising to appoint new coaches for the new season.

Already rumours are making rounds on the movement of coaches across the Premier League. Most eyes are on the so-called big teams because their supporters are hard to please.

Already Township Rollers have won the league championship and the lucrative Coca-Cola tournament, but the coach’s contract was coming to an end by the end of the season.

There are already reports that the coach might go to his native Zimbabwe while Rollers are willing to keep him. If he goes, it would not do Rollers any justice because that would mean having to hire a new coach who would come with his own methodologies and philosophies.

This would also mean that the defence of team’s titles would really be riddled with complexities.
Runners up, Mochudi Centre Chiefs, are also not at peace with themselves regarding their Zambian tactician, Wesly Mondo.

Strong rumours are doing rounds that Chiefs last match against Motlakase was Mondo’s last. The team is reportedly irked by Mondos’s failure to win any silverware for Chiefs despite the strong squad he had at his disposal. The last nail might have been against archrivals Rollers in the Coca Cola Cup finals where Mondo’s tactics were questioned.

Their former coach, Mike Sithole, is linked with a return after helping to save BMC from the dreaded relegation axe. If Sithole moves back, it will be a blessing for the team because he knows the team’s culture and is the one who built a strong foundation when they won the league championships three seasons ago. Most of those players he brought are still there for the team.

Gaborone United, on the other hand, is still in negotiations with much-sort-after coach, Major David Bright. Bright was brought in the last quarter of the league and the team still has to sit down and discuss about next season. Bright is reported to be wanted by certain Premier League teams in South Africa. He spent about three seasons there before coming home this season. Another team that is reported having a coaching dilemma is Extension Gunners. Despite the good work coach Daniel Nare is doing, it seems not to be making enough headway for him to get recognition.

From last season’s seventh position, Nare catapulted them to position four. He is rumoured on his way out and many teams are already hovering over Gunners to snatch him. The last time Gunners won a major title was in 1994 and the supporters have a hope that by next season they may win something provided Nare is there.

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