Ramorebudi gets the boot

2015-11-04 12:38
FIRED African Warriors mentor, Morena Ramorebudi.  Photo: Tladi Moloi

FIRED African Warriors mentor, Morena Ramorebudi. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – The struggling African Warriors have parted ways with their head coach, Morena Ramorebudi.

Ramorebudi was fired following a bad stint with results that saw his troops occupying the penultimate position on the National First Division (NFD) log. They have only managed to collect five points out of a possible 25. They won one game and drew two.

Apparently, he was officially booted out of the team on Tuesday, 27 October. Express was reliably informed that the chairperson of the team, Dr Balekile Mzangwa, flew with the team to Cape Town on 24 October to attend the game that his outfit lost 2-1 to Santos at the Athlone Stadium.

It is alleged that after that game, he told the coach that he should step aside until further notice, leaving his assistant coach, Klaas Khanye, as the caretaker ahead of their league game against Mbombela United on Wednesday (28/10), at the Charles Mopeli Stadium. Warriors won that game by 1-0, thanks to David Radebe’s second half goal.

Ramorebudi joined Maihlome Ihlasele toward the end of last season from the relegated Maluti Further Education Training (FET) who are now in the South African Football Association’s (Safa) ABC Motsepe League in the Free State.

Rumours doing the rounds are that Jacob Sakala, the former Mpumalanga Black Aces mentor, or Ian Palmer, who was formally with Maritzburg United, are the hot favourites to fill a vacant coaching position at the Kestell-based outfit.

Should the management of the team opt to go for Palmer, it would be the second time that he comes in to fill the coaching post.

He guided the team during the 2008-’09 season until he was replaced in November 2009 by Michael Muedane.

Both coaches have a good track record and they would be expected to turn the Warriors’ luck should any one of them be appointed.

In 2007-’08, Palmer won the NFD coastal stream and the national play-offs that saw Maritzburg United qualify to play in the elite Absa Premiership League. Sakala also guided MP Black Aces back in the PSL in the 2012’–13 seasons.

Mzangwa said he was not going to comment.

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