Neeskens to coach Sundowns

2011-06-28 12:30

Joe Maluleke - SuperSport

Midrand - Former Barcelona assistant coach Johan Neeskens was officially unveiled as the new Mamelodi Sundowns coach at a packed media conference in Midrand on Tuesday.

Neeskens, a former Dutch International, played in both the 1974 and 1978 World Cup tournaments and has 20 years' experience as a coach, dating back to 1991.

From 2006 to 2008, he was the assistant coach at Barcelona and last year he was the assistant coach at Galatasaray before signing with the local club.

"This coach beat Sundowns in 2007 with Barcelona. He is one of the most respected coaches in the world. He has worked with some of the most respected coaches.

"He has passion for youth development. As much as we want to win it is absolutely critical that we keep investing in our youth," said club boss Patrice Motsepe.

Also at the same time Motsepe announced a partnership with the Johan Cruyff Foundation aimed at developing talent for the club starting in Tshwane before extending the venture countrywide.

"We are looking forward to working with Sundowns in developing young players for the future. It is very important to have a connection between youth and the first team.

The reality is that you cannot always buy players," said Cruyff.

The club has also signed five new players. One of the players has been earmarked to take Mphela's position. Seven players will be released.

"Killer must go now, we really need to help Mphela realise his goal of playing overseas," said Motsepe.


  • Sbusiso - 2011-06-28 16:17

    I wonder how much Motshepe is he going to spend with this guy. Ist a matter of who is earning more money to him or what is the future of the country. Pls Motshepe tell us. The Team has signed players, what if the coach does not like those players. Where do they go, and they will not play when Sundowns Play.

  • Steven Fischer - 2011-06-28 19:51

    How long will this guy last - Patrice? You will never achieve success if there is no consistency in the most important position at a football club. Keep this guy for at least 3 years and your club will be a force to be reckoned with.

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