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Friday, March 30, 2012

We are back with Xtra Sport Fridays: Who will kiss the trophy?


It is a fact that most South African soccer lovers  believes that Kaizer Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic ,Mamelodi Sundowns coach Johanne  Neskeens,  Orlando Pirates caretaker Augusto  Palacious and  Moroka Swallows  coach Gordon Igesund  can boost their teams cupboards with more silverwares. All these sides stand a chance of winning one or both of the remaining trophies, the Nedbank cup and the ABSA premiership. However, over the past few years Sundowns have been very impatient with coaches who can’t end the cup drought.

Vermezovic has to make it happen in Naturena all eyes are on him. Palacious has never won anything in his career, can this be his moment to add his name in the history books of the mighty Bucs and make it a treble again this season?  Igesund is one of the most respected local coaches in this country in the South African football fraternity. He has won the league four times with different teams; can he add the fifth one in Dobsonville?


The media has been reporting confusion(s) that it is between Serbian coach and his players. However he rubbished the reports and described them as the way of discouraging the team in their campaign to win the league. If those rumours are true he will have to advance his relationship with his boys and make his chairman Kaizer Motaung a happy man. Despite all the fingers pointing VV he can still turn the tables around and restore happy days at Naturena.  

Since the inception of the league Ted Dumitru is the only foreign coach who has won the league. For the fact that he is now a South African citizen it means the league has never been won by the foreign mentor. Vermezovic can add something to his name and break the record of foreign coaches. Palacious who is denying interference in his work as a caretaker is expected to defend the title. Bucs’ early existence in the Nedbank cup has led to many people questioning his decisions in terms of his team selection. All that will be forgotten once he retains the trophy.

Gordon Igesund rescued the Dube birds when everyone thought they were on their path to hell. He saved them from relegation last season. Today the team is amongst the top five teams that have an opportunity to grab 10 millions and leave millions of soccer fans who support the big teams. Igesund has won the League with Manning Rangers, Orlando Pirates, Santos and Mamelodi Sundowns, well, it’s just a matter of time before we distinguish between boys and men.

Sundowns coach Johanne Neskeens also have a major assignment of ending the cup drought at Chloorkop. There is no hesitation that Patrice Motsepe wants something in return of his investments in the team. Downs are not playing the most impressive football but the results are exciting though they have failed to persuade the ball to kiss the net in their past two league games.

Neskeens took over from caretaker Ian Gorowa following Antonio Lopez Habaz’s departure. With less than 12 months  since taking over as the head coach of “bafana ba-style” he stand a chance to winning the remaining silverware and bring smiles to Downs  family. The former Barcelona assistant coach appears to be finding a good combination in his lineup; if he’s got the resources then he has to deliver.

Winning a trophy is what is in the minds of all these coaches now but tactics, patience, hunger, and determination is what will drive one or two of them in bringing silverware to their bosses. As for the league title it’s a battle and one of them has to combat it. Above all thousands of fans need to be rewarded with positive results for their unlimited support demonstrated during soccer matches. It’s a fact that failing to win these trophies some of these coaches will kiss their jobs goodbye; it is the old saying, “do or die.”


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