NFD merry-goround spins on
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.
REVOLVING Kosta Papić is going back and forth at Limpopo clubs
FAMILIAR Mthatha Bucks coach Velile Dyaloyi
FIRED Dan Malesela is the latest coach to go