Attacking coach Nooij signs with Santos

2012-04-20 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Dutch coach Mart Nooij has been named by struggling Cape Town club Santos as their new coach as they try to stem a possible slide out of the Premier Soccer League.

He has signed a contract until 2014 and says he will stay with the club whether they are relegated or not.

Duncan Crowie, who has been acting as caretaker coach since before Christmas, will assist him.

Nooij is the former coach of Mozambique and had been linked with Santos since they fired Boebie Solomons in December.

Talks about the contract fell through only to be resurrected as a string of defeats plunged the 2002 champions into a relegation quagmire.

Santos’s 1-0 home loss to SuperSport United on Wednesday extended their winless run in the league to six games and left them firmly in the bottom two, with just five games left this season.

Nooij started his African adventure almost a decade ago as an instructor with the Dutch federation, working in Burkina Faso before moving to Mozambique.

He took Burkinabe U20 side to the world youth championships in the United Arab Emirates in 2003, but Mozambique was his first senior job. He was under the threat of dismissal after a slow start, but then became a hero when Mozambique qualified in the 2010 for the African Nations Cup finals for the first time in more than decade.

He was fired when Mozambique flopped in the 2012 qualifiers.

Nooij has a policy of attacking football in the Dutch tradition.

“Whoever is afraid has to stay with Mama at home,” is one of his favourite expressions.

He was also touted to replace Ajax coach Foppe de Haan last year.

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