Sundowns beat all odds and eventually came of age, fulfilling the long yearning
of mining magnate Patrice Motsepe last Saturday.
those who might have just crawled out from under a rock somewhere, the Brazilians beat
DRC giants TP Mazembe - three-time back-to-back Super Cup winners - 1-0 - to be
declared the African "super" champions.
while we were still scratching our heads and scampering around in search of
proper superlatives to use in the same sentences as Bafana Ba’style, the Iron
Duke of South African football, Irvin Khoza, proved once more what a wily,
shrewd administrator he is.
a lot of speculation that erupted since the unceremonious departure of Muhsin Ertugral in November last year, several names of
possible replacements were thrown into the hat.
They included former player Benni
McCarthy and a whole assortment of others.
Then last week, the name of Belgian
coach Ronny Van Geneugden popped out of nowhere with a confirmation from his
Spain-based agent Antonio Carlo that they were indeed talking to The
By the weekend, the Belgian was reported
as the man who was to be announced by Khoza as the new mentor in one of the
hottest seats in South African football.
You see, Khoza had two weeks ago assured
the hacks that he would make the long-awaited revelation on Monday this week.
However, Khoza pulled yet another rabbit
out of his hat when he announced the name of Swedish coach Kjell Jonevret - whose name had not
further and introduced former Sundowns great Harold “Jersey Queen” Legodi as
the Swede’s right-hand man.
more, the Iron Duke had left most of us with some
yellowish stuff called yolk all over our faces.
the know say the Swedish coach only landed in this country on Sunday and
Legodi only knew a few minutes before the press conference on Monday that he
had landed the assistant’s job.
is not the hardest part, in fact the job has just begun.
who are celebrating their 80th birthday this year, are in stormy
waters and it will take something major to steer them towards a calm part of
the clear liquid stuff or H20 in science terms.
was to be in charge of first game against Platinum Stars at the club’s
spiritual home, Orlando Stadium, this coming weekend after being granted his
Jonevret is set to receive his baptism of fire next Saturday when he
experiences his first Soweto Derby from the FNB dugout.
be the real test of his character.
the match that has made, but also broken, many coaches.
against Pirates’ bitter arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs usually counts more than winning the league itself.
seen many coaches survive being shown the proverbial door after clinching a win
against Amakhosi even if other results were not going well.
also see coaches such as Gordon Igesund get the boot even after winning the
the story of Orlando Pirates and that is what Jonevret has walked into.
will tell whether he is the Real McCoy or not, but he really does have his work
cut out for him.
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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