More coaches in dan­ger of los­ing their jobs

Sunday World - - Sport - By Sihle Nde­bele

With three coaches hav­ing been sacked since the start of the sea­son, a few coaches in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) might just lose their jobs be­fore the end of the year if their for­tunes don’t im­prove.

Chippa United were the first PSL club to fire a coach, dis­miss­ing Dan Male­sela three matches into the new sea­son. Other coach­ing ca­su­al­ties so far in­clude Joel Ma­sutha and Luc Ey­mael. The pair were shown the door by Black Leop­ards and Free State Stars re­spec­tively, on the same day a fort­night ago.

The list of ca­su­al­ties is des­tined to grow be­fore the new year. Kaizer Chiefs coach Gio­vanni Soli­nas heads the list. The Ital­ian-born men­tor is un­der pres­sure to im­prove Amakhosi’s log po­si­tion. The Glam­our Boys are fifth on the ta­ble on 18 points af­ter 13 out­ings.

The Soweto heavy­weights have strug­gled for con­sis­tency un­der Soli­nas. Coaches like Muhsin Er­tu­gral and Manch­ester United leg­end Dwight Yoke are said to be in­ter­ested in re­plac­ing him.

Chiefs have two league matches be­fore the end of the year, away to Golden Ar­rows and at home to Su­perS­port. These matches may de­ter­mine Soli­nas’s fu­ture at Na­turena.

Hav­ing just taken over from Male­sela in Au­gust, Eric Tin­kler’s job is not safe at Chilli Boys. Tin­kler has won only two of the eight matches he has over­seen, with three de­feats and two draws.

The Port El­iz­a­beth, East­ern Cape-based, club are 13th on

the log. With the owner Siviwe “Chippa” Mpen­gesi known for be­ing trig­ger-happy when it comes to fir­ing coaches, he may just pull the plug on the exSu­perS­port United men­tor any time he feels like it.

To sur­vive this year, Tin­kler must con­vince Mpen­gesi by get­ting re­sults in the six re­main­ing matches be­fore the year ends.

Baroka’s Wed­son Nyireda could also be in trou­ble. Baroka CEO Mor­gan Mam­mila has pub­licly hinted that if the club’s league form does not pick up, they will act. Bak­gaga have only amassed 10 points from 12 matches, ly­ing in po­si­tion 12.

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