Notši quits Garankuwa United

. . . for­mer na­tional team coach de­nies SA me­dia re­ports he was sus­pended due to a string of poor re­sults, in­sist­ing he left the Pre­to­ria-based First Di­vi­sion side on his own terms

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Mikia Kalati

For­mer na­tional foot­ball team coach Leslie Notši ( pic­tured) has left South African Na­tional First Di­vi­sion (NFD) out­fit Garankuwa United fol­low­ing a string of poor re­sults.

Notši and Lehlo­honolo Thotanyana joined the Pre­to­ria side in Fe­bru­ary this year soon after re­sign­ing as Le­sotho coach and as­sis­tant coach, re­spec­tively.

The duo, who helped United to a re­spectable sev­enth-place fin­ish on the 16-team NFD log after join­ing the team when it was in 10th­place, could how­ever, not work the same magic this time around, with their charges win­ning only one, draw­ing three and los­ing five of the nine league matches they have played so far this sea­son.

The poor run saw Garankuwa plum­met­ing to sec­ond-from-bot­tom on the ta­ble, leav­ing Notši with no choice but to do the “hon­ourable thing”, which was to ten­der his res­ig­na­tion.

Notši on Mon­day con­firmed he had left United by mu­tual con­sent, along­side his as­sis­tant Thotanyana. The for­mer Mat­lama and Li­oli coach re­futed South African me­dia re­ports that he had been sus­pended pend­ing man­age­ment’s decision on his fu­ture, hence the decision to quit the team to avoid the in­evitable sack.

“Re­sults were not forth­com­ing, so leav­ing the team was the hon­ourable thing to do,” Notši said.

“A coach is not big­ger than the team and I felt this was the best decision to make, con­sid­er­ing the sit­u­a­tion we were in.”

Notši in­sisted he was leav­ing the team “on good terms” with man­age­ment and had not been sus­pended as re­ported by some sec­tions of the South African press.

“We are leav­ing United while on good terms with man­age­ment, which is very im­por­tant,” said Notši.

“I still have to fi­nalise a few things with the chair­man here and then I will be on my way.”

The for­mer Mat­lama goal­keeper fur­ther said leav­ing Garankuwa was not “the end of the world” for him and Thotanyana, as other South African teams, which he would not name, were al­legedly al­ready en­quir­ing about their avail­abil­ity.

Mean­while, Notši has re­port­edly been re­placed by the no­madic Dun­can Lechesa, who re­cently parted ways with another NFD side, Royal Ea­gles.

“We are ne­go­ti­at­ing with Dun­can Lechesa, but it is not fi­nal yet,” Garankuwa gen­eral man­ager, George Mo­go­motsi, is quoted as say­ing by Kick­off.com, on Mon­day this week. “As for the coach who was with us [Les­ley Notši], he has re­signed and we are also fi­nal­is­ing that.”

United cur­rently have the Likuena duo of Nkau Lerotholi and Katleho Moleko, and both play­ers were brought to the club by Notši, who was also look­ing at adding more Le­sotho play­ers to the team.

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