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AmaZulu Avaya Phambili, Siyagxotha

With only less than 10 Premier Soccer league games being played AmaZulu has sacked their coach Manqoba Mngqithi. This follows a very negative start of the season. But did that mean it was the end of the world? Usuthu has played only 5 games. They lost three (3) and drew two (2). It is clear that the management might have lost confidence in him even before the start of the season in view of the fact that he was unsuccessful to finish within position eight (8) last term. The other question to be enquired, was Mngqithi having a good material to help him win games and save his job? We will remember that he let go of good players like Dumisani Ngwenya and Bradly Ratson and others.

As much as those players left the team but we won’t undermine the ability of the current ones. Five games are minor to determine the future results of the team. Come end of the season Mngqithi took over from Neil Tovey whom his contract was terminated by the club bosses. Speculations are saying Mngqithi might be going back to Golden Arrows but he has denied them. The biggest question still waits, who is the next coach to be shown the exit?

Black Leopards Coach to PULL up his wobbly socks

Black Leopards coach Sunday Chidzambwa has to pull up his socks and sleeves and change the team’s results. Lidoda Duvha have played five games and managed to snatch only four (4) points. The Director of the team David Thidiela told the press on Tuesday that he is confident that his team will survive. As much as he believes in his boys but the future of Chidzambwa remains questionable if the results don’t transform for the better.

They were relegated to the first division in 2008 after seven seasons in the premiership. If he manages to keep the Limpopo based team, it will be one of his major achievements so far in his career as a trainer. He has the toughest games ahead of him. If he fails to win them he might find himself sitting on same bench with Manqoba Mngqithi. They still have to face Maritzburg United that was the first in this season to beat the on form Buccaneers. They will also play against Kaizer Chiefs at home, Mamelodi Sundowns which is an away game. These are tough games; Chidzambwa will have to seek advice from his source of power and inspiration.

Boebie Solomons Under the spotlight remix

Santos coach Boebie Solomon’s future is also unpromising though nothing has been said so far. The teams’ results haven’t been good recently. However the latest results against Bloemfontein Celtic must have revived hope on the Santos management. Before that game he said he needed to win one game then they will get their season. Their next game will be on the 24th September against the wounded fraught Golden Arrows.

We will remember that in 2004 Boebie Solomon was sacked due to the team’s poor performance. Looking what is at stake when your team is good in the PSL, it is indisputable that Santos’ management has high expectations on Solomon’s to end the cup drought. The last time the team lifted a trophy was in 2002 when they won BP top 8 defeating Ajax Cape town 2-0.

Arrows pointing towards  Ernst Middendorp

Contrariwise Golden Arrows players were reported to be complaining about their coach Ernst Middendorp, saying the treatment from him is not good. They were saying his language is offensive and it makes it hard to work with him. Some players even vowed that they will keep on achieving unpleasant results until he is sacked. This tells you that Middendorp days might be numbered if these players really meant what they’ve said.

In five games that the team has played it took only one. The coach has a huge responsibility of getting good results. Before doing that he will have to fix his broken wall at the back. So far Abafana bes’thende has conceded nine goals in five games. If things could continue this way I doubt Arrows boss Manto Madlala can keep him though she said he is going nowhere. Jomo Cosmos is not doing well. Believe me if Jomo was not the owner he would have been on the list of coaches who don’t sleep at night thinking about their future. After all it’s early, but do teams’ managements consider that?

Story by Luvo Mlobeli/ Leave your comments for me below the comment box or send them via email to
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