It’s touch and go

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A week af­ter Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma asked Na­tional Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions Shaun Abra­hams to make rep­re­sen­ta­tions as to why he should not be placed on sus­pen­sion pend­ing the out­come of an in­quiry into his fit­ness to hold of­fice, some clubs must be tempted to do the same thing to their coaches.

Some clubs have al­ready parted ways with their un­der­per­form­ing coaches. And it would not come as a shock if more club bosses pulled the trig­ger as well.

It will be a bleak Christ­mas for the likes of Steve Kom­phela, Cavin John­son and Dan Male­sela as they fight for sur­vival in the Absa Premier­ship. Chiefs might have lost only twice in the league so far, but dag­gers are al­ready out for Kom­phela.

Few Chiefs sup­port­ers could hide their dis­ap­point­ment on Wed­nes­day night fol­low­ing Amakhosi’s 1-all draw with Su­perS­port United. They shouted “Steve must fall” as he made his way into the tun­nel.

Amakhosi have now gone four league games with­out a win and the gap be­tween them and log lead­ers Bid­vest Wits is now four points, with the Stu­dents hav­ing played two fewer games.

Chiefs’ next five games be­fore the Christ­mas break could de­ter­mine Kom­phela’s fu­ture at Na­turena.

First, he will come up against a side that knocked him out of the MTN8 com­pe­ti­tion ear­lier in the sea­son, Cape Town City, on Tues­day. Eric Tin­kler’s side has made big strides so far and will be look­ing to add to Kom­phela’s woes.

John­son at Plat­inum Stars also faces a bleak fu­ture. Win­ning two matches in nine should be cause for con­cern.

And Male­sela is skat­ing on thin ice at Chippa United af­ter go­ing six with­out a win. Not so long ago, he was the toast of Nel­son Man­dela Bay, but he has since lost his mojo.

The big ques­tion is: Who will fol­low the likes of Ernst Mid­den­dorp? The former Mar­itzburg United coach this week be­came the lat­est on the grow­ing list of coaches who have al­ready fallen by the way­side, which in­cludes Roger De Sá, Muhsin Er­tuğral, Ser­ame Let­soaka, Al­lan Freese and De­nis Lav­agne.

TO­DAY: 3.30pm

Mamelodi Sun­downs vs High­lands Park (Lof­tus Vers­feld Sta­dium)

TUES­DAY: 7.30pm

Kaizer Chiefs vs Cape Town City (FNB Sta­dium); Su­perS­port United vs Bid­vest Wits (Mbombela Sta­dium); Mar­itzburg United vs Chippa United (Harry Gwala Sta­dium)

WED­NES­DAY: 7.30pm

Ajax Cape Town vs Mamelodi Sun­downs (Cape Town Sta­dium); Golden Ar­rows vs Polok­wane City (King Zwelithini Sta­dium); Free State Stars vs Plat­inum Stars (Goble Park Sta­dium); Baroka FC vs Or­lando Pi­rates (New Peter Mok­aba Sta­dium); High­lands Park vs Bloem­fontein Celtic (Makhu­long Sta­dium)

FRI­DAY: 8pm

Bid­vest Wits vs Cape Town City (Bid­vest Sta­dium)

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