Wandering coaches score no goals

2010-12-05 16:41

Football is a game of winners and losers, and the winning and losing is not confined to fields of play but also happens in boardrooms.

Take the scenario involving coach Manqoba Mngqithi. He did so well as Lamontville Golden Arrows coach, even winning the MTN8 Cup with the club.

Abafana Bes’thende management invested a lot of money in Mngqithi’s development – sending him to Brazil and roping in some Brazilians as part of the team’s technical staff.

Then, out of the blue, he jumped ship to join neighbours AmaZulu.

While we might not know everything that transpired behind closed doors we can safely assume that money was
behind the move.

In taking this step he abandoned a project that looked so promising – of turning Arrows, and I dare say he was almost there – into a formidable and highly respected force in South African football.

Despite the fact that Arrows are third on the log while AmaZulu are 13th in the 16-team league, I dare say that the ­Lamontville side and the man from Umzimkhulu are big losers following this move.

The partnership Mngqithi had built with his longtime assistant, Mandla Ncikazi, was ­invaluable.

The same can be said for Owen da Gama, who dumped the Platinum Stars project and was lured by the dollar signs to join Orlando Pirates.

He, just like Mngqithi, had formed a formidable partnership with Thiery Mulonzo.

Now, after four years of wandering between The Buccaneers, Free State Stars and Bloemfontein Celtic, he is back with Dinaledi.

Suffice to say these are lost years for the project and a lot would have been achieved in building Stars to where the ­Bafokeng would want it to be.

Regardless of the money Da Gama might have amassed during his nomadic years, I would maintain that both the club and coach have lost out.

Steve Komphela, who jumped off the Free State Stars ship after steering it to fourth position, its highest finish ever, is in the same boat as the two ­coaches mentioned earlier.

Should South African coaches and clubs learn to be patient, stick to their projects and long- term plans, we would have formidable, consistent sides in the mould of Manchester United and Arsenal, who have stuck with their coaches through thick and thin for over a decade.

The coaching musical chairs and our clubs’ over-reliance on foreign coaches is not doing our football any good.

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