Arrows head coach Mngqithi steps down after run of bad results

2013-10-07 00:00

LAMONTVILLE Golden Arrows head coach Manqoba Mngqithi has stepped down, according to the club’s website.

In a statement released on the site, the club said the decision was taken in light of recent results that see Arrows in 13th spot on the PSL log, with a solitary win from six matches to date.

On the bright side, the team showed what they are capable of with a come from behind 3-2 win against Wits in the Telkom Knock-out Cup first round on Friday night, qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Mngqithi returned to Arrows for a second stint as coach late last year after Mushin Ertugral was given his marching orders for the same reason — poor performance, with the team lanquishing at the wrong end of the table.

When all was said and done at the end of the PSL season, Arrows had finished 13th with 31 points from 30 games.

There was much hope for the new season, but nothing fruitful has materialised. Mngqithi’s stepping down is an indication of the situation at the club, which is desperate for someone to step in and rectify matters.

Asked why he had decided to jump ship, Mngqithi said it was in the best interest of the club.

“The current situation is not from lack of trying or commitment,” he said. “When results do not happen a coach has to be realistic and make decisions which will benefit himself and the club concerned in the long run.”

He added that change could be seen as a positive, sometimes changing the fortunes of a club. “This club has great potential and I really believe it’s only a matter of time before there is improvement,” said Mngqithi. “I have enjoyed my time with the club, working well with management and players. It has not been an easy decision, but I truly believe it’s in everyone’s best interest.”

Arrows accepted the sudden resignation and wished Mngqithi well for the future.

There has been no indication of who will either step in or take over as coach.

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