I sim­ply had to leave Ar­rows – Let­soaka

CityPress - - Sport - TIM­O­THY MOLOBI tim­o­thy@city­press.co.za

It was the short, one-year con­tract that for­mer Safa tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Ser­ame Let­soaka had with La­montville Golden Ar­rows that ul­ti­mately led to his res­ig­na­tion.

Let­soaka con­firmed he had a oneyear deal with Ar­rows and the un­cer­tainty about his fu­ture put a strain on his fam­ily. He could not even reg­is­ter his chil­dren in Dur­ban schools or re­lo­cate his en­tire fam­ily.

“For me, it was not about money. I had a one-year con­tract with Ar­rows un­til the end of June, but what next af­ter that?” he asked.

“I could not wait un­til then, and this put a strain on the fam­ily. Do I re­lo­cate my fam­ily and kids to Dur­ban, and what if my con­tract is not re­newed? Th­ese were some of the things I had to con­sider and I do not re­gret the de­ci­sion I took [to leave Ar­rows].”

But the coach, who did a ster­ling job at the coastal out­fit, said he was not bit­ter about the turn of events at Ar­rows, as it had turned out to be a bless­ing in dis­guise. The 52-year-old said that af­ter his res­ig­na­tion let­ter was posted on the club’s Twit­ter and Face­book plat­forms, he re­ceived a call from Bloem­fontein Celtic.

“It was ac­tu­ally a bless­ing in dis­guise, as it helped me to get an­other job. I had no job when I ten­dered my res­ig­na­tion. Although I was not happy when it was posted on so­cial me­dia, it helped me,” said Let­soaka.

Let­soaka’s pre­de­ces­sor, Shaun Bartlett, also failed to have his con­tract with Ar­rows re­newed de­spite him win­ning the Na­tional First Divi­sion and pro­mot­ing the club to the Premier Soc­cer League (PSL). But Let­soaka said Bartlett’s treat­ment had noth­ing to do with his de­ci­sion.

“It never even crossed my mind,” he said.

He de­nied that he quit be­cause of the Celtic job. “I had con­tem­plated quit­ting for some time, long be­fore the Celtic job be­came avail­able,” said Let­soaka.

“I just couldn’t leave the club in the lurch, as there were games com­ing thick and fast and it was go­ing to be un­pro­fes­sional of me to leave them in the mid­dle of the pro­gramme.

“I did what I did in the best in­ter­est of the club be­cause of the break, and I think I gave them enough time to search for a new coach.”

Let­soaka said he had since apol­o­gised to Ar­rows boss Mato Mad­lala for the man­ner in which he left the Dur­ban club.

“I thank the chair­per­son for giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to coach in the PSL and I will al­ways be grate­ful for that. I have since apol­o­gised to her for the man­ner in which I left and we have sorted things out.”

He said it was im­por­tant to main­tain good re­la­tion­ships with club bosses and never burn bridges.

Mad­lala con­firmed the par­ties had spo­ken and said it was now wa­ter un­der the bridge. She said that what they shared was con­fi­den­tial.

“Life goes on now,” said Mad­lala. “He told me what he told me and that’s it. He didn’t tell me about those un­cer­tain­ties when we spoke and said it came from other peo­ple, not him. We have also moved on.”

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