PSL coaches’ recycling bin

2011-03-26 19:12

The recycling of foreign coaches by Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs continued ­unabated this week, with Serbian Zoran Filipovic being booted out as Golden Arrows coach.

No sooner was he shown the door, than German Ernst Middendorp, who had himself got the boot from Maritzburg seven days ­earlier, was roped in by the club.

Following this rigmarole, Safa ­technical director Serame Letsoaka conceded that it was “difficult to ­regulate the business of coaching in the country”.

However, he added that a solution was imminent.

The recently launched Safa Level 3 Pro Licence coaching course would, in the long run, equip home-grown talent with the highest qualifications that will enable them to guide professional clubs.

Letsoaka said: “Clubs hire coaches whom they believe have the highest qualifications, and we don’t even have a way of checking if these coaches are indeed qualified.

“Our concern as the association is that most of these foreign coaches don’t even contribute to the development of our local coaches, who are mostly their deputies. But in the long run, we hope local professional clubs will opt for our coaches once they are highly qualified.”

So far, Ted Dumitru remains the most successful foreign coach since the inception of the PSL 14 years ago.

The Romanian-born mentor boasts four Premiership titles – two each from Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs.
Local coaches have claimed eight championships in the same period.

Filipovic lasted just eight months at his Abafana Bes’thende job.

He and Middendorp’s firing ­increased to seven the list of foreign coaches who have bitten the dust this season,
after Antonio Habas (Mamelodi Sundowns), Aiki ­Agiomamitis, Paul ­Dolezar (both Mpumalanga Black ­Aces), Rainer ­Zobel
(Moroka Swallows) and Sunday Chidzambwa (Free State Stars).

Dolezar, who took over from Neil Tovey at the beginning of the year, lost eight out of his nine matches in charge.

The Frenchman has been absent from the PSL scene since his last coaching stint at ­Bloemfontein Celtic six years ago.

Viktor Bondarenko has been without a team since leaving ­Kaburscorp in Angola last year.

He attended ­numerous Absa Premiership matches late last year in an attempt to entice potential employers. The Russian
national had previously guided Orlando Pirates, ­Moroka Swallows, Sundowns and Bush Bucks.

Kosta Papic is another coach who emerged from the recycle bin, after being sacked by ­Pirates, for a short stint at Chiefs.
Muhsin Ertugral, another Chiefs’ import, has also hopped from one local club to another.

Africa’s national associations are also notorious for recycling foreign coaches as national team mentors, with names such as Henri Michel, Claude le Roy, Roger Lemerre and Otto Pfister ringing the changes on the ­continent.

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