Cheetahs extend Naka's stay

2011-06-10 07:40

Jóhann Thormählen

Bloemfontein - Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské will have the opportunity to build on this year's Super Rugby achievements for the next three years.

Drotské and the Cheetahs Company reached an agreement about his future as head coach at a board meeting on Thursday.

His current contract ends after this year's tournament and his term as Free State's Currie Cup coach concludes in October. Negotiations about Drotské's future as Currie Cup coach have also gone well, but are yet to be finalised.

Cheetahs Company managing director Harold Verster said that Drotské had also made a request about who he would like in his coaching team and that it had to be approved by the Cheetahs' partners.

A decision about a successor for Pine Pienaar at the Free State under-21 and coaches of junior teams was also taken at the meeting. Pienaar will soon be joining the Blue Bulls.

Drotské’s appointment will come as a relief for the Cheetahs as they are now in a better position to negotiate with players about their futures.

The Cheetahs have been playing such good rugby this year that a number of their young players have made it onto the shopping lists of other provinces.

Drotské has managed five victories with the Cheetahs in 2010 and 2011 - a record for them in the Super Rugby tournament.

"Naka has been appointed Cheetahs coach in the Super Rugby tournament for the next three years. He accepted the contract we offered him. As far as the Currie Cup position is concerned, we had positive negotiations with him and everything still has to be finalised," said Verster.

Verster said that the local board members and management were satisfied with the decisions taken on Thursday, but it still has to be approved by the full board, which includes other partners.

Pienaar, who is the assistant coach of the South Africa under-20 side, recently resigned as Free State's under-21 and Vodacom Cup coach.

Verster said that Joe Beukes, who was Pienaar's assistant at both teams, would coach the under-21 side this year. He will be assisted by Ashwell Rafferty as backline coach, with Ingo Machts the team manager.

A decision about who will coach Free State's Vodacom Cup team in 2012 will be taken later.

Verster said that the appointment of the head of the Free State Academy - a position also previously held by Pienaar - would be finalised later.

Former Free State Currie Cup coach Peet Kleynhans will be head coach of the under-19 side. Wessel du Plessis will be his assistant coach, with Thys Nel as team manager.


  • sonnyg - 2011-06-10 07:50

    HaHa, he has had a very talented squad for the last 3 years and has achieved nothing. Dawie Theron is 10 times the coach he is.

      smallies - 2011-06-10 08:05

      ek is seker daarvan dat jy n baie beter job kan doen hoekom apply jy nie vir die job nie

      Scaramouche - 2011-06-10 08:11

      Too many key players leaving and lack of depth have been the Cheetahs' downfall. From last season to this is the first time that Cheetahs could hold onto most of their players and the continuity showed!

      sonnyg - 2011-06-10 08:19

      @smallies, I never said I could but Dawie Theron could. @Scaramouche, what players have they lost over the last few seasons? Hardly any. They have performed badly because of poor selections, poor coaching, and poor mangement

      Peter Britz - 2011-06-10 09:21

      Yeah right! If you want to use that as a yardstick, then naka and Dawie are way better coaches than AC and plum too. Cos with the talent at their disposal, they don't achieve much! Naka turns youngsters into Champs! WP/Stormers take Champs, and turn them into chumps! Habana, Vermeulen, CJ, Fourie, Toks vd Linde, Daan Human!

      Peter Britz - 2011-06-10 09:25

      What team do you support. Either you are just a member of the biased three blind mice club, or you are just a bitter little person. Everybody else, including the NZ/Aus rugby commentators have praised the Cheetahs for their performances, despite having numerous injury problems. Yt you harp on some frivolous selection posers. You are such a chop! Tell us what team could have done better without the likes of Juan Smit, Frans Viljoen, Heinrich Brussow, Adriaan strauss, and Andries Strauss, all highly influential players. Then add, Burger, benjamin, Phillip vd Walt, Steenkamp, and Nokwe to the mix. Rather let people think you are a chop, than open your mouth and prove them right!

  • Aren - 2011-06-10 08:33

    Rewarding mediocre coaching and performance just confirm that the rugby powers in Bloem are not the brightest people in the Free State.

      sonnyg - 2011-06-10 10:18

      Exactly, some of the aussie provinces would give their left nut to have a squad like the FS have.

  • Blouste-Blou - 2011-06-10 08:57

    Dink julle die Bulle se afrigter sou heraangestel geword het as hy 5 Superwedstryde hierdie jaar gewen het! Naka hou mos van die "arme-ons-mentaliteit" en sal vir jou vertel dat die Bulls se begroting groter is as hulle s'n - asof dit in die eerste plek nie hulle eie skuld is nie. Die Vrystaat is die 2e of 3e oudste rugbyunie in die land - maar hulle laat dit nie vir hulle werk nie.

      Peter Britz - 2011-06-10 09:41

      Blouste Blou, jou geheu is kort ou maat. Julle Flou nul afrigter was behou al het julle laaste en tweed laaste gekom in Super rugby.! 5 jaar in 'n ry. Duidelik verstaan jy ook nie veel van hoe groot geld 'n rol speel in rugby nie. Gee Naka die spelers en geld wat die Bulle, Sharks, en Stormers die afgelope 10 jaar gehad het, dan was julle toast!!

      Ryan - 2011-06-10 11:14

      Peter, the Bulls did suck at Super rugby, but they won 3 Currie cup titles during that time. That's why the coach didn't lose his job. Looking at all your posts, you must be related to Naka or you have serious anger issues buddy.

      Peter Britz - 2011-06-10 11:22

      @ Ryan, dunno where you see anger? Nope, I just think Naka does a great job, with what he has. I doubt, but seriously doubt that AC, Ludeke, and Plum, would have gotten even close to the results taht Naka has with his resources. Easy to sit on the sidelines and make disparaging remarks about the man. Quite a different prospect to do what Naka does, within the conststraints that existed.

      Ryan - 2011-06-10 11:26

      Peter I don't envy anyone of them. Maybe their salaries. I apologize for confusing passion with anger.

  • gustav.swanepoel1 - 2011-06-10 08:58

    @scaramouche: I fully agree with your comment. @ sonnyg, please drink a wakeup pill and smell the crap you're shovelling. "What players have they lost over the last few seasons"? Off the top of my head: Meyer Bosman(2010, now Sharks), Jacques Louis Potgieter (was released by the Blue Bulls and then to the FS after which he was bought back by Sharks) Duane Vermeulen (WP) Jannie and Bismarck du Plessis (now KZN) Tiaan Liebenberg (now WP) It's common knowlede that a lot of players cut their rugby teeth in the FS and then get scooped up by the bigger (and better funded) unions. So sonnyg, I would suggest you STFU or else get to know your rugby before making ridiculous impertinent and imbecilic comments.

      sonnyg - 2011-06-10 09:25

      Rubbish boet. Meyer Bosman – Average player they have more than enough players to replace him. If they had any brains Robert Ebherson should be playing 12. Jacques Louis Potgieter – Another average player, more than enough depth to replace him. Duane Vermeulen (WP) - He left years ago. Jannie and Bismarck du Plessis (now KZN) - Did bismark even play for FS?? He left yonks ago. One thing FS is not short of his front rankers. Tiaan Liebenberg (now WP) – Also left yonks ago. The FS has had extremely talented squads over the last few seasons and they have done nothing with it. How long has it taken FS to realize Sarel Pretorius is the no 1 scrummy, Sias should be starting, Johonson should be starting, Viljoen should be starting. They have no idea how to identify talented players if they did would they allow “fringe” players like bassoon, Viljoen, and sarel to play for griquas. Would they have lost a player like Mapoe? The FS does not lack depth or talent, they lack coaches and managers.

      Chandré Pelser - 2011-06-10 11:42

      Lol sonnyg If the Cheetahs are so pathetic at identifying talent, why are they also the team losing most players to other unions in SA? The Cheetahs is a breeding ground for young talent, and a revival school for has-beens (Like Marius Joubert was when he came, JL Potgieter had his only good season ever there, Wayne boude Julies got back into Springbok team from there, Naas Olivier can unfortunately not be helped, but you catch my drift) The cheetahs lure almost zero players from other provinces, not even after schoolboy level, where-as their players are lured everywhere. The Cheetahs have to try do with other unions' has-beens and youngsters, and they do a great job in my opinion... The Lions have four times the budget of the Cheetahs... The Cheetahs had NO sponsor going into the start of Super 15, and they still lose to the Sharks mostly due to a bad ref (Bulls game had very questionable decisions too) So yeah, say we're both investment bankers, I get R100, you get R1000, only our nominal return is considered, meaning I have to work 10 times harder... Go leave idiotic comments elsewhere.

      sonnyg - 2011-06-10 12:10

      @Chandré Pelser, Why could they not get a sponsorship? Because they are run badly. Nobody wants to be associated with their brand. They are seen as the “Boerabond” or and an old boys club. By appointing Naka, they don’t seem like they are going to change soon and they are not going to shake that image that people and sponsors have of them. The mapoe incident also did not help their image, and that is again bad management. I don’t know why Cheetahs supporters have such an inferiority complex, there is more than enough talent in the FS. Every year it’s the same excuses, we have a small budget, other unions steal our players, moan moan moan. The FS union and supporters need to stop feeling sorry for themselves and make a change, if they don’t that union is doomed.

      Peter Britz - 2011-06-10 14:10

      @ sonny Clearly it would be futile running the complexities of economics past you. Let's try and keep it simple. a 20 yr old player gets offered R1mil to play in Durbs for example, and R1 mil to stay in Bloem. Where do you think most 20 yr olds would go? See, now the sponsors look at things the same way. They sponsor where they get max exposure. The Sharks, Lions, Bulls, and Stormers have at least 3x the funds to spend on player recruitment, so their potential of success is 3 x thatr of the Cheetahs. So where do you think sponsors will go? Try and be a bit smarter!

      sonnyg - 2011-06-10 14:44

      @Peter, sponsors dont want to be associated with a brand that is perceived "racisit" or the old "SA" and unfourtunately after the Mapoe incident that exactly what FS is perceived as. Toyota want to sell cars to the Farmers and thats why they sponsor the FS. The cheetahs can select a super rugby team from 2 very good currie cup sqauds the griquas and the cheetahs, so there is no way you can play the lack of depth card. Plus the FS has some of the most loyal players like juan, brussouw, ebhersons etc. The failure of FS cheetahs cannot be blamed on lack of player talent or depth. Dawie Theron, has performed a remarkable job with griquas. Griquas has regualry beaten FS in the currie cup and other provinces with a limited squad. There is no doubt he should be coach.

  • Martin - 2011-06-10 09:19

    Most of you are a lot of moangatte - what have you ever accomplished. To ctritisize is the best that yoy have ever done. Nothing positive. And your memory is about as long as that other thing that you presume you are a bofin with. With Naka there the Cheetahs has won the currie cup. With their budget that is about a third (according to reports that I have read) of that of the other franchises it is obviously that they cant by the players that the others could buy. Sonnyg do you drive around in a Lamborgini - if not why? Maybe your budget is not that much - so stop critisizing and take out your cheque book and give your millions to the Cheetah franchise to buy the players. Rassie left for greener pastures and what has he accomplished up to deate. Look at the amount of throphy's thatb they have won. The Kiwi in Sharks land with all the players that they have bough needs a crooked referee to help them to win the Cheetahs. Sp open your eyes and shut your mouth

      Jenny - 2011-06-10 09:38

      Thats true, look at the Sharks and Stormers, but players from Fiji, England, France, Another planet (Earl Rose) and where does it get them?? Nowhere, but yet people still criticize the Cheetahs, like you said Martin they just moan because they cant play rugby or coach rugby themselves so they want to throw their 2 cents worth.

      sonnyg - 2011-06-10 10:26

      Why do they need to buy players?? They have the squad to be in the top 6. Thats my point, they have the players but they dont have the coaching staff to take them to the next level.

  • Bruce - 2011-06-10 09:28

    Sonnyg - Grow up.. Nuff said I think the WORST coaches and management this season were the Bulls and the Sharks, at least Cheetahs improved since last season (with all their injured star players) where teams like the Sharks and the Bulls who are full of Springboks and up and coming Springboks played much worse than the previous seasons. Therefore Naka deserves to keep his position as head coach. Imagine what Naka could have done if he has the services of Brussow, Juan Smith, Jongi Nokwe, Adriaan Strauss, Andries Strauss, Frans Viljoen, Hennie Daniller, Philip Van Der Walt (to mention a few) the whole season. Keep it up Naka, your on the road to Success

      Jenny - 2011-06-10 09:32

      Spot on!!!

      sonnyg - 2011-06-10 09:40

      @Bruce, He had the services of all those players (except Brussow) last year and he did nothing. Even without losing many springboks in the currie cup, he could achieve nothing. Anyhow if FS supporters what continue celebrating finishing in the bottom of log, continue on this path and with naka.

      Peter Britz - 2011-06-10 09:58

      @ sonnywee! Yawn!!

  • Snoek - 2011-06-10 12:24

    I'm would rather complain about Harold Verster. If he could keep his hands out of the cookie jar the FS would be much better off. He resigned as president but retains his position as CEO. I think the Cheetahs need some new management, the coaching is not perfect but they have been doing a very good job under less than desired circumstances.

      sonnyg - 2011-06-10 12:54

      Yeah you probably do have a good point there.

      Peter Britz - 2011-06-10 14:40

      @ sonnyG! We can all use similiar arguments. The stormers had the services of many Boks over the past 6 years, and what exactly have they achieved huh? Lets see! Schalk Burger, Francois Louw, Bryan Habana, Jean de Villiers, Jaque Fourie, Aplon, Joe Pietersen, Juan de Jongh, Anton van Zyl, Bekker. I guess the administrators and coaches from WP?stormers would be from the cast of Dumb and Dumber in your little black book. Only team that can really feel reasonably satisfied with what they have achieved is the Bulls. Then in terms of way quailty the Cheetahs and Sharks, then lions, and lastly the Stormers

      sonnyg - 2011-06-10 15:00

      @Peter, Well your standards and ambitions for the Cheetahs are very low. Are you perhaps Harold Vester? Because if you think winning 2 to 3 games a season is acceptable then I dont know. I have no idea why you think your players are of such a low quality??? Are you living in the passed? have you seen the quality of players in Sa these days? The aussies wish they could have access to that sort of quality. The stormers made the super 14 and currie cup final last year, that is performing not be proud of winning 2 to 3 games. Thats why I say FS supporters inferioty complex must end and they must have higher goals for there team.

      Martin - 2011-06-10 15:24

      sonnyg, Amazing, the Stormers sit with Rassie, the fitness trainer of the Free State, how many players from other provinces, and what can they show. Do you reckon Rassie and the whole coaching staff must be fired. To reach a final says nothing, the name on the trophy is what count. - but I reckon you are to one eye to acknowledge the little success of others.

      sonnyg - 2011-06-10 15:29

      @Martin, What success do you speak of? There is nothing to acknowledge. Bottom line is that FS cheetahs should have won way more games and performed of a much higher standard than they have over the last 3 season and to reward a coach with another 3 year contract when he has hardly won any games is pathetic. I am sure John Mitchell would kill to have the FS squad.

      Peter Britz - 2011-06-10 16:12

      @ Sonny G, Useless debating with you, We are now at racism? st you started with the Cheetahs poor administration, and coaching, then it was their poor marketng, and now they are racists? Oh boy, forget the 3 blind mice, it's more a case of in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Long live king sonnyG! And know I am not Harold Verster, and nor did I defend him, just trying to help you see the flip side of the coin, but none are as blind as those that sdon't want to see. Enjoy your small little world.

  • Makutu - 2011-06-10 16:26

    Well deserved!

  • Viking - 2011-06-11 05:03

    Naka jy doen goed met die finansies en spelers tot jou beskikking en die ander ryk franchises wat soos wolwe wag om goeie spelers wat jy groot gemaak het te steel. Geluk met her aanstelling en sukses met pad vorentoe

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