Who’ll be in the frame for Su­per­Sport?

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - MAZOLA MOLEFE

WITH Su­per­Sport United be­ing forced to look a for a re­place­ment for Stu­art Bax­ter, who re­cently took up the Bafana Bafana job, there is no doubt CVs have flooded in to the club, but it seems noth­ing con­crete has been de­cided yet.

It is un­likely their next coach will be some­one al­ready well- versed in the Pre­mier Soc­cer League, un­less there pock­ets are deep enough to pay com­pen­sa­tion for a coach cur­rently tied to a con­tract. We think there are two good op­tions to suc­ceed Bax­ter, as well as one to steer clear of, and here’s why. He would not have made this list a few sea­sons ago, but Tin­kler has proved his worth this sea­son fol­low­ing the suc­cess of Cape Town City, who not only fin­ished third in the Premier­ship and qual­i­fied for the 2018 CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup, but also clinched the Telkom Knock­out cup in De­cem­ber last year – co­in­ci­den­tally beat­ing Bax­ter’s Su­per­Sport 2-1 at the Peter Mok­aba Sta­dium. Tin­kler was vil­i­fied for not hav­ing the nec­es­sary pedi­gree to lead Orlando Pi­rates dur­ing his stint as care­taker coach first, and then as head coach, all this de­spite guid­ing the Buccaneers to the 2015 Con­fed- er­a­tion Cup fi­nal, which they lost against Tu­nisia’s Etoile du Sa­hel. He has earned much praise this sea­son for be­ing in charge of a side that only had 14 play­ers on its books when he took over, and turned them into ti­tle con­tenders. Prob­a­bly worth con­sid­er­ing for the soon- to- be va­cant Su­per­Sport job, but will they be will­ing to pay com­pen­sa­tion to City for his ser­vices? The Dutch­man’s name has made the rounds in South Africa in re­cent weeks, be­ing linked to the Bafana post that even­tu­ally went to Bax­ter af­ter a lengthy search. Re­ports this week sug­gested Krol has been of­fered to Su­per­Sport, sup­pos­edly by an agent, and he is await­ing feed­back on whether he will even make the short­list. His ad­van­tage is that the Pre­mier League wouldn’t be un­fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory, but hav­ing been away from it since win­ning the tre­ble with Pi­rates in 2011 and cur­rently be­ing un­at­tached, Krol is a bit out­dated. Nev­er­the­less, he would still make a good enough can­di­date and his work at Pi­rates pre­vi­ously and CS Sfax­ien as well as Esper­ance (both in Tu­nisia) speaks for it­self.

It is be­lieved that Su­per­Sport have in the past tried to lure Krol to the club when long-serv­ing coach Gavin Hunt left for Bidvest Wits in 2013, but the Dutch­man wanted tele- phone num­bers for a salary.

And he ap­par­ently still does, even though his record shows he has not held a job at a top club any­where in the world since some­time early last year. Per­haps a job like this comes two or three years too late for De Sa, who has most re­cently quit Ajax Cape Town, resur­faced at Mar­itzburg United only to throw in the towel three months into his six months con­tract. Although he does have two tro­phies – won with un­fan­cied sides Wits (Ned­bank Cup in 2010) and Ajax (MTN8 2015) – to his credit, De Sa doesn’t seem to have the longevity a club like Su­per­Sport is of­ten af­ter. Should he even be con­sid­ered, it would show the lack of high-pro­file can­di­dates in­ter­ested in the Su­per­Sport post. Mat­sat­santsa have been down this route be­fore with Cavin John­son, who had done a ster­ling job with Plat­inum Stars, but was nowhere near the right fit for the Tsh­wane-based side when he re­placed Gavin Hunt, who was lured to Bidvest Wits in 2013.

His poor results and res­ig­na­tions at both Ajax and Mar­itzburg have no doubt hurt De Sa’s chances of land­ing a gig coach­ing one of the coun­try’s top five sides.

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