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Coaching merry-go-round in the VPL


Chris Theko

As the Vodacom Premier League winds to a close, there seems to have been a movement bug which has stung most of the top flight league clubs seen in the instability of coaches’ stay.

The coaches have been moving around quite a bit causing a sense of inconsistency in the clubs’ performance while for others it has actually been caused by the inconsistent results.

It was only last week Thursday when Linare announced the departure of newly appointed coach Motebang Makhetha as their coach after just four matches in charge of Tse Tala. Makhetha had just been roped-in coming hot on the heels of foreign coach Teboho Moloi.

The club has reportedly re-appointed Teboho Moloi as the head coach, having recently left the position to take another job in South Africa.

During his brief stint at Linare, Makhetha managed three draws and lost once.  He has not revealed the reason behind why he left Linare after only four games in charge. 

Makhetha resigned on the 3rd February 2022 from his club Kick4Life and was immediately appointed the new Linare coach. 

The movements have also disrupted the rhythm of the defending league champions Bantu who have just released Thabo Tšutšulupa who also managed only four games before receiving his marching orders from the Mafeteng-based side.

TÅ¡utÅ¡ulupa had also just come in the place of league winning coach, Bob Mafoso who failed to agree on a new deal with Bantu and left the club early in January to join rivals Lioli of Berea. Mafoso was then announced as the new Lioli technical director and set to take over the reigns as head coach of the club in the coming season. 

A Matšo Matebele’s General Manager, Poosela Pule, confirmed to this publication that they parted ways with the former Kaizer Chiefs development coach, who had been placed on suspension after a deadlock with the management of the club.

The trio of former players in Dlomo Monaphathi, Thapelo Mokhehle and Liteboho Mokhesi oversaw the team during Tsutsulupa’s suspension.

The club has since announced the appointment of another South African, former Free State Stars captain, Teboho TÅ¡iu as its new coach.

Tsiu previously served Bantu as the assistant coach under James Madidilane and Bob Mafoso.

In other news, former Swallows coach Molebatsi Mothobi also partook in the movement having joined log-leaders Matlama of Maseru leaving the Mazenod side embattled at the bottom pf the table. 

It was only in February when Swallows appointed former Liphakoe and LMPS mentor, Teele NtÅ¡onyana as their coach in a move to try and survive the relegation. 

With the majority of the league teams left with no more than eight games before the end of the 2020/21 season, it remains to be seen if the merry-go-round of coaches in the elite league will continue.   

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