NFD merry-gor­ound spins on

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The fir­ing of Dan “Dance” Male­sela by Cape Town All Stars this week fur­ther con­firmed the small world that is the Na­tional First Divi­sion (NFD), where coaches are fired and re­hired at the drop of a hat. Also, look no fur­ther than Black Leop­ards, Mthatha Bucks, Royal Ea­gles and African War­riors.

The reap­point­ment of Kostadin Papić by Leop­ards early this month marked an­other chap­ter in the coaches’ game of mu­si­cal chairs at the Lim­popo-based side. The Ser­bia-born men­tor – who re­joined Li­doda Du­vha a few weeks af­ter he re­signed from Absa Premier­ship cam­paign­ers Polok­wane City in Oc­to­ber – is the club’s sec­ond coach this sea­son. He re­placed David Bright, who was fired last month. Bright him­self had re­placed Zeca Mar­ques at Leop­ards at the start of the cur­rent cam­paign.

Then there is Royal Ea­gles, which ap­pointed Khabo Zondo two weeks ago – the sixth coach since the KwaZu­luNatal out­fit was bought by lo­cal ty­coons and so­cialites Shawn and Sbu Mpisane at the be­gin­ning of last sea­son.

Zondo was pre­vi­ously the Ea­gles’ tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor. He re­placed Vladislav Héric, who re­signed three weeks ago. Héric’s pre­de­ces­sors were Thami Ngubane; John Tlale and David No­toane (both care­tak­ers); Dun­can Lech­esa and Bright. There was an­other reap­point­ment at Mthatha Bucks in the Eastern Cape, where coach Velile Dyaloyi re­turned to the club for a sec­ond stint 18 days ago. This af­ter Julius Dube re­signed, hav­ing him­self been re­hired in Septem­ber to re­place Les­lie Notsi. Notsi lasted just two games into the new sea­son at the be­lea­guered club.

This month saw Ngubane re­turn to African War­riors as head coach of the Free State-based side fol­low­ing the sack­ing of Morena Ramore­boli last month.

Ngubane, who parted ways with Thanda Royal Zulu in Oc­to­ber, was with War­riors two years ago.

PHOTO: LEFTY SHIV­AMBU / BACK­PAGEPIX

RE­VOLV­ING Kosta Papić is go­ing back and forth at Lim­popo clubs

PHOTO: MUZI NTOMBELA / BACK­PAGEPIX

FA­MIL­IAR Mthatha Bucks coach Velile Dyaloyi

PHOTO: CHRIS RICCO / BACK­PAGEPIX

FIRED Dan Male­sela is the lat­est coach to go

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