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Local no longer lekker in the PSL coaching job

Written By Themba Khumalo on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 | Tuesday, December 03, 2013

After only 11 Premier Soccer League (PSL) games, 5 coaches already reached a mutual agreement with their respective teams to terminate their contracts.

Duncan Lechesa was the first PSL coach to resign from Polokwane City followed by Mangoba Mgqithi from Golden Arrows thereafter it was Clinton Larsen and Ernest Midderndorp who swapped their coaching jobs but now the Mzansi soccer fans are shocked by the unexpected departure of Free State Stars coach Steve ‘’Englishman’’ Khompela who reached an agreement with the team to terminate his contract but many believed that he was FIRED. Steve Komphela will be replaced by Former Free State Stars and current Malawi national tean coach Kinnah Phiri.

Another local produced coach Roger de Sa’s future with Pirates doesn’t look good at all. The reports are indicating that Pirates have already identified a new coach who could take the reins as early as January. Our mole revealed that Ruud Krol might be the next coach for Pirates but possibility of Steve Khompela joining Pirates can’t be ruled out.

PSL is slowly but surely starting to lose the local produced coaches with a possibility of European coaches invading our league again. Teams are starting to lose confidence on the local produced coaches. We have experienced Owen Da Gama, Manqoba Mngqithi, Neil Tovey, Kenny Ndlazi, and others who are in the wilderness with no PSL coaching offers despite fans always complaining about ultra-defensive football of foreign coaches who prefer direct football than diski football of flair and skills.

Currently, PSL has 12 local produced coaches and only 4 foreign coaches but there is a possibility that the number of foreign coaches might increase. Many local coaches will be overlooked for PSL coaching job as now the trust and focus are shifting towards Europe.

By Owen Mundalamo

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