Eagles kick Jomo out of nest

2015-10-14 06:00
FIRED Super Eagles head coach, Bongani “Jomo” Tshabalala.

Tladi Moloi

FIRED Super Eagles head coach, Bongani “Jomo” Tshabalala. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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BOHLOKONG. – Super Eagles, the South African Football Association’s (Safa) Free State ABC Motsepe League outfit, has parted ways with their head coach Bongani “Jomo” Tshabalala, three months after he had been hired.

The two parties amicably ended the marriage on Monday, 5 October, after a sour meeting.

Tshabalala reunited with the team three months ago, following the resignation of Mgababa Manchu.

Manchu jumped ship soon after his troops had failed to clinch the league title on the last day of the league, giving the championship to the now defunct Roses United FC of Bloemfontein, who went on to lose in the promotional play-offs.

Since his arrival, Tsabalala guided the team in three league games against Mangaung United, the league rookies of Monaco Milan FC and the Central University of Technology. The Super Eagles won by 2-1 against United and lost by 3-2 to Milan, before they drew 1-1 with the University boys.

It is alleged that his sacking came after he had disrespected the management in one of the meetings they had.

A source in the team revealed that the relationship between the management of the team and the coach was not good from the first week. He said it was clear that the former Clarens Galaxy FC mentor was not going to last in the team, because he acted like someone who knew everything.

Apparently he was not even on the bench a week ago during the team’s Nedbank Cup preliminary games against the Maluti FET College and Dikwena United FC at the Charles Mopeli Stadium in Qwaqwa.

Under the guidance of their assistant-coach (who will now be a caretaker coach), Sipho “Marco” Mkwanazi, and his goalkeeper-coach, Tiisetso “Zidane” Mofokeng, the team won the final.

Many people questioned Tshabalala’s appointment, asking how the management could hire a coach who guided Galaxy to the relegation zone.

However, with his experience, some said he would build a team spirit and discipline in the Bohlokong-based outfit.

According to the team’s Facebook page, they parted ways with Tshabalala after he had made unprovoked disparaging comments against the management in the presence of players on Friday, 2 October, at the team’s camp, ahead of the important Nedbank Cup preliminary games in Qwaqwa.

“The management found his comments downright disrespectful, ill-timed, irrelevant, outside his scope as a coach, calculated at side-tracking the players ahead of the forthcoming games and undermining the efforts of his deputies.

“Following his inappropriate comments, he was subsequently relegated to the stands to give his deputies space to continue with the task at hand without his interference, until he explains himself before the management,” the Facebook pages read.

It further stated that he gave a half-hearted apology. “The weight of his inappropriate comments coming out of the blue and which are based on shaky grounds, were too heavy to let them slip. His relationship with the management was thus irrevocably impaired, hence the parting of ways. As management we wish him all the best in his future endeavours,” the post ended.

Dr Strike Mabasa, the team chairperson, confirmed the axing of the coach. He said that it was because he had disrespected the management of the team in front of the players during the camp, ahead of the Nedbank games.

“He said we were crazy and we were not running the team professionaly. We were disappointed when he said we have been in the same league for seven years and we were still going to stay there for another five years. How could a coach who was hired to promote the team say things like that?” Mabasa said.

Tshabalala said it was not true that they parted amicably. He said he had been fired. “Someone lied about me to the management, claiming that I attacked the management and the players. I was in Bloemfontein for a coaching course and when I came back I got all those things,” he said

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