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Linare, coach part ways


Chris Theko

Premier League giants, Linare have parted ways with their head-coach, Teboho Moloi after he was offered another job in his home country, South Africa.

When he was roped-in to lead the team over a year ago, Moloi had promised to bring glory days back to the “Tse Tala” (as Linare is affectionately known) camp.

According to a press statement released by Linare, Moloi will lead the club for the last time when they face the Vodacom Premier League defending champions Bantu in a league catch-up clash this weekend following the cancellation of the initial fixture on account of weather last week.

The South African mentor who has coached his home country teams such as Orlando Pirates, for which he also played, and Chippa United, was engaged in a move to end Hlotse-based outfit’s three -decade league draught.

 â€œThe management of Linare and the head coach of the club have reached an agreement to amicably terminate the contract of employment after long negotiations.

“The decision was amicable between the two parties after Moloi was offered another job in his home country (South Africa) and this would make it difficult for him to continue with his role as the coach on the day-to-day basis,” the team said in a statement, adding that the search for a new coach has already begun.

“Coach Moloi leaves the club with a heavy heart based on the progress made since he took over the reins and in the same way, Linare are saddened to part ways with the coach looking at what he brought to the club and we wish him well in his future endeavours.

Meanwhile, for his part, Moloi explained that he had received an offer he could not refuse in South Africa which is outside football and which needed him to be there full time. 

“I got offered an ambassadorship role at one of the companies in South Africa, this role will need me to be there on a full time basis,” Moloi explained. 

The former Orlando Pirates assistant coach further explained that the role is outside football as he is no longer looking to be in a coaching role in South Africa. 

“This position I am taking up is different from football. I really don’t see myself coaching anymore because those doors are closed and it is something I am not planning to fight” he said.

Meanwhile, the Communications and Marketing Manager of Linare, Setsoto Ramatla revealed that the coach still wanted to be part of the team despite having to go back to South Africa.

She said Moloi was even prepared to be the team’s match-day-only coach but the club felt that it would be illogical for him to be on the touchline by the weekend having not been there to take the boys through their paces during the week and instead he will be on an advisory role until the next National Executive Committee elections. 

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