Win or lose, Davids could be on the move


Sowetan - - Sport - By Mark Glee­son

To­mor­row’s Ned­bank Cup fi­nal in Cape Town could be the last game in charge of Mar­itzburg United for upand-com­ing coach Fadlu Davids, who is top of their pri­or­ity list at Su­perS­port United.

Su­perS­port of­fi­cials said an an­nounce­ment on the iden­tity of a new coach was im­mi­nent and sources say Davids is top of the wish list for the club who crashed in the sec­ond half of the sea­son and had to bat­tle to keep them­selves away from the rel­e­ga­tion zone de­spite as­sem­bling an im­pres­sive squad of play­ers in re­cent sea­sons.

Su­perS­port have had Kai­tano Tembo in tem­po­rary charge since Eric Tin­kler quit at the be­gin­ning of March.

Davids, in his first full sea­son in charge of Mar­itzburg, has taken his club to a top four fin­ish in the Absa Pre­mier­ship and the Ned­bank Cup fi­nal, where Mar­itzburg meet Free State Stars in a bid for their first piece of sil­ver­ware.

Davids, whose younger brother Maahier serves as his as­sis­tant, has been widely praised for the flair of his team and the way he picked them up af­ter two sep­a­rate lean spells dur­ing the sea­son.

He is a prodigy of Ernst Mid­den­dorp, the for­mer Kaizer Chiefs coach who is widely ad­mired through­out the PSL for his work acu­men, although not his peo­ple skills.

Su­perS­port have a re­cent his­tory of poach­ing young coach­ing tal­ent. They took Cavin John­son from Plat­inum Stars and Tin­kler from Cape Town City, although nei­ther could repli­cate their suc­cess at Su­perS­port.

Baroka FC, Chippa United, Chiefs and Polok­wane City are also all in the mar­ket for coaches. Cape Town City could be on the list as well if Benni Mc­Carthy car­ries through his threat to leave af­ter just one sea­son.

Fadlu Davids.

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