Aces axe coach Ayiomamidis

2010-09-21 21:18

Johannesburg - Mpumalanga Black Aces and their Cyprus-born coach Aki Ayiomamidis have parted ways.

Ayiomamidis is the second coaching casualty this week following the resignation of Zimbabwean Sunday Chidzambga who was replaced by Steve Komphela.

Ayiomamidis' axing was confirmed by Aces CEO Marc Grune on Tuesday night. The Aces boss said: “It was amicable.

behaved like a gentleman and accepted the situation could not continue. We have lost all three of our matches played so far including two at home.

"That has put us under pressure early in the season. So we sat down and discussed the situation with the coach and it was mutually agreed that he leave.”

Grune said that a new coach would be named a soon as one was found. “This happened so quickly. Therefore we have not had a chance to look around. There are not a lot of suitable candidates.

The main requirement will be a coach who is familiar with the PSL and South Africa. Hopefully we will have a new head coach in place sometime next week.”

Grune conceded that one of the problems with Ayiomamidis was communication. His English was not good.

“Poor communication could have been one factor. It was difficult for players to understand instructions from the bench. But it was not the main factor of him going. Losing our opening three matches was the big issue and we had to make changes and quickly.” Grune said that assistant coach Dumi Ngobe would be in charge of the team until a replacement for Ayiomamidis was found.

The Aces CEO said he has already had inquiries from former Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic coach Paul Dolezar now living in France. He also expects applications from the likes of Gordon Igesund and Neil Tovey who are without jobs.


  • sammy - 2010-09-21 23:35

    its long over-due,you could see the way aces played, that they did not pose any danger to their opponents. it is about time that they blend the experience with the youth,let them score goals upfront, there is no use to have 65% ball possession without scoring goals. Go for a local but with good credentials coach.

  • Woodpecker - 2010-09-22 06:56

    Something fishy here. Were Aces not aware that the coache's English was not good for communication purposes with the players when they first interviewed him?

  • Vernon - 2010-09-22 07:35

    Can someone tell me why Mr. Dolezar is eying only Mzanzi clubs to coach?

  • bong's - 2010-09-22 10:45

    Aces should stop behaving like they do not know what is best for the club and its fans, this attitude will never change until the owners of Aces decide to sell atleast 50% of the club ownership so that new ideas will start to emerge, Because as we speak only the family decide beacuse they are 100% owners of the team. There is no one who think differently from them since being one family they are same lazy thinkers as they take rubbish decisions that breaks the hearts Mpumalanga people especially eMalahleni citizen who have given 101% support of theteam through and through. These greedy owners should start doing business differently from now on if they want to see different results because different results will not come when these stupid owners keep on doing the same thing all the time and expect different results- that is madness. Go out there get a suitable coach and leave the coach to coach the team do not interfere with his decisions and try to atleast sell part of the ownersip to attract sponsorship and human thinking capacity because you have proven to us that you have failed to strategise for success.

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