Is Davids to fol­low Ey­mael, Male­sela and Ma­sutha? Joel Ma­sutha (Black Leop­ards)

Sunday World - - Sport - By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

It ap­pears that Mar­itzburg United are ready to wield the axe on head coach Fadlu Davids.

The Team of Choice im­pressed last term un­der the for­mer striker, fin­ish­ing fourth on the Absa Premier­ship stand­ings.

But this sea­son’s form – they are 15th af­ter nine matches – is a far cry from the per­for­mance of last sea­son that en­sured Davids was nom­i­nated for coach of the sea­son – the prize went to Mamelodi Sun­downs men­tor Pitso Mosi­mane.

If Davids is sacked and Ernst Mid­den­dorp takes over as has been widely spec­u­lated, he would be the fourth coach to lose his job this sea­son.

Sun­day World as­sesses the coach­ing changes thus far…

Dan Male­sela (Chippa United)

“Dan Dance” got the boot af­ter the Chilli Boys failed to win their first three matches, los­ing two and draw­ing one. The new man in charge, Eric Tin­kler, has over­seen eight matches, in­clud­ing a Telkom Knock­out cup tie which they lost 1-0 to Or­lando Pi­rates. Tin­kler has two wins, four losses and two draws. The Port El­iz­a­beth­based side oc­cupy 13th spot at the mo­ment and if the sit­u­a­tion doesn’t im­prove, club boss Siviwe “Chippa” Mpen­gesi has shown in the past that he’s not shy to make changes even in the face of crit­i­cism that he is trig­ger happy.

There’s a new man at the helm of Li­doda Du­vha’s coach­ing reins with Dy­lan Kerr join­ing the Lim­popo side af­ter he re­signed from his job at Kenyan side Gor Mahia. Ma­sutha de­nied claims by the club that he re­signed from his job, con­firm­ing that he was fired. He leaves Leop­ards in 14th place af­ter two wins in 11 out­ings. Ma­sutha is adamant that it was not his fault that Leop­ards’ ship is sink­ing. He be­lieves that he didn’t get the play­ers he needed to bol­ster the squad af­ter their pro­mo­tion from the Na­tional First Di­vi­sion (NFD). Ma­sutha said he asked man­age­ment for ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers like de­fender Tefu Mashamaite, who is cur­rently club­less, and Zam­bia’s pro­lific striker Lazarus Kam­bole, but these play­ers were not signed.

Luc Ey­mael (Free State Stars)

Ea Lla Koto are ninth at the mo­ment and be­fore the last round of league fix­tures, they had been one of the top eight teams, which makes Ey­mael’s de­par­ture a bit of a sur­prise. But the Bel­gian never seemed to set­tle in the Free State, with ru­mours link­ing him to a move to Kaizer Chiefs, which never ma­te­ri­alised. Ey­mael has now moved to Egyp­tian side El Gaish, while Stars are on the look­out for a new coach. Even with this change, Stars are not in panic mode.

/ Veli Nh­lapo

Mar­itzburg United coach Fadlu Davids.

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