Thanda: Prof’s future looks bleak after play-offs flop

2011-06-14 00:00

AFTER failing to steer Thanda Royal Zulu to the Absa Premiership, coach Mlungisi “Professor” Ngubane’s future hangs in the balance as the club embarks on wholescale changes gearing up for another campaign in the National First Division (NFD).

The veteran mentor, renowned for saving clubs from sinking to the lower division, has attracted lots of criticism following his bizarre tactics, especially during the NFD promotional play-offs first- and second-leg finals against Bay United.

In the first meeting against Bay in Richards Bay, Ngubane employed defensive tactics, which led to a goalless draw, and bizzarely went on to say he was not bothered about the second leg in Port Elizabeth.

During Saturday’s match, his average team and Ngubane’s lack of tactical acumen were exposed as Bay ran rings around Thanda’s defence. The 4-1 scoreline was not deceiving.

A source in the Thanda camp told The Witness that Ngubane will be sacked.

“The management and the Richards Bay people’s hope of having a Premiership team has gone up in smoke now. He was supposed to have been fired in the first round when the club posted numerous draws at home. But the chairperson [Pierre Delvaux] was patient with him. With an overhaul expected soon, Ngubane will not survive, and neither will the many average players he recruited.”

Thanda team manager Thabani Gumede would not be drawn into discussing Ngubane’s future, but revealed drastic changes will be made.

“I am not sure about the coach’s situation at the moment, but one thing is for sure, there will be huge changes in the club’s setup. It’s going to be a tall order for NFD clubs now that it will be a one stream. As the only KZN side in the NFD we will do lots of travelling. Cape Town clubs and those from Mpumalanga will be at an advantage,” he said.

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