the Premier Soccer League (PSL) heads for an extended break that stretches from
December to the end of January, talk is not about the clubs themselves, but more
around the coaches.
pertinent question is 'Who or which coach is next?'
Who is going to be the next
PSL coach to be fired? Who is going to be the next Bafana Bafana coach to
replace Shakes Mashaba - that is if he is indeed fired as expected following
his latest spat with his bosses at the South African Football Association
three names of local coaches - Roger de Sa, Eric Tinkler and former Bafana
mentor Pitso Mosimane - are being bandied about as possible replacements.
would have been that SAFA would have gone for a foreign, well-experience coach
following the disaster they’ve experienced with Mashaba.
the weak Rand might actually force them to go the local route.
is a fact and has emerged time and again that as good as they are, South African
coaches are really not up to international standards. Not only at Bafana Bafana
level, but even at club level our clubs have failed to make a mark – save for
Mamelodi Sundowns who were recently crowned African Champions League winners.
if SAFA does eventually go for another local coach, I can swear that it will have all to do with the finances.
back to the domestic league, since Denis Lavagne
(Free State Stars), De Sa (Ajax Cape Town), Allan Freese (Highlands Park),
Serame Letsoaka (Bloemfontein Celtic) and Muhsin Ertugral (Orlando Pirates) have all departed, the question is who is next?
Looking at recent results and log standings, there are
several candidates and surprise, surprise, Steve Komphela is in that list.
having guided Kaizer Chiefs to a short stay at the summit of the league table,
performances have not been impressive and the 2-1 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns
this past Saturday, must have taken his position back to being precarious.
A look at the log would show that currently there
are a few coaches whose positions are not safe.
Let’s start by those who seem to be safe - if only for
They include Gavin Hunt whose Bidvest Wits are sitting
on top of the log with 19 points from seven matches followed by Clinton Larsen
whose Lamontville Golden Arrows are second with 17 points, Cape Town City FC’s
mentor Eric Tinkler in third and Stuart
Baxter whose SuperSport United are placed fourth.
Those whose fortunes don’t look very bright, are Ajax
Cape Town’s Stanley Menzo and Giovanni Solinas of Free State Stars and four-time league champion Gordon
Igesund is still not that safe as he has yet to move Highlands Park out of the danger
zone. They sit just fourth from the bottom with six points from eight outings.
Despite being only third from the
bottom with five points, Pitso Mosimane is quite safe in his job. Reason for
the club’s unfamiliar position is that they have only played four matches.
However, the entire scenario painted above, might
change - even dramatically - even before the end of the week as there are
several league fixtures.
Platinum Stars host Ajax Cape Town,
Maritzburg United visit Cape Town FC and Pirates travel to Chippa United
Wednesday sees Chiefs host SuperSport, Sundowns v
Arrows, Celtic v Baroka, Wits at home to Highlands and Polokwane City
entertain FS Stars.
The results from these matches might just turn the
S'Busiso Mseleku is regarded as one of Africa's leading
sports journalists and an authority on football. He has received some of
the biggest awards in a career spanning over 30 years. He is currently
City Press Sports Editor.
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