An­other lo­cal soc­cer coach bites the dust

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

Ser­ame Let­soaka is the lat­est coach to join the grow­ing list of un­em­ployed men­tors in the coun­try.

City Press has re­li­ably learnt that Free State Stars will not re­new his con­tract, which comes to an end next week. Let­soaka had signed a short-term deal at the be­gin­ning of Jan­uary af­ter tak­ing over from Ital­ian gaffer Gio­vanni Soli­nas, but with an op­tion to ex­tend.

Let­soaka will join Cavin John­son, whose con­tract with Plat­inum Stars will not be re­newed at the end of this month. Stars are still in­volved in the CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup, but John­son has al­ready been re­placed by English­man Peter But­ler.

Let­soaka will fol­low suit, de­spite help­ing Stars avoid rel­e­ga­tion af­ter join­ing them late in the cam­paign.

Black Leop­ards’ Bel­gian coach Jean Lus­cuito has al­ready been linked to the job af­ter his im­pres­sive run at the na­tional first division club.

Af­ter dic­ing with rel­e­ga­tion for the bet­ter part of the season, Stars nar­rowly avoided go­ing down on goal dif­fer­ence in the last game of the season. Let­soaka had led them to only four vic­to­ries in 17 matches. He was their third coach this season af­ter French­man De­nis Lav­agne and Soli­nas. The Free State side has al­ready em­barked on a mas­sive clear-out, with al­most eight play­ers con­firmed to be leav­ing. Bokang Tl­hone and Moeketsi Sekola had signed pre-con­tracts with Bid­vest Wits and Highlands Park, re­spec­tively, while Davies Nkausu, Tha­bang Matuka, An­gelo Ker­spuy, Nyiko Tsha­bangu, Mbuyiselo Thethani and Nh­laka­nipho Ntuli are also on their way out.

Let­soaka did not an­swer his phone nor re­turn mes­sages on Fri­day night and yes­ter­day.

Stars’ gen­eral man­ager, Rantsi Mokoena, said he could not com­ment on con­trac­tual is­sues, say­ing things would be clear in a week’s time.

Re­cently, a fu­ri­ous Stars boss Mike Mokoena ve­he­mently de­nied allegations that the club was for sale, say­ing they were be­ing ped­dled by a “third force” that wanted to desta­bilise them.

PHOTO: CHRIS RICCO / BACKPAGEPIX

OUT Ser­ame Let­soaka

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