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Mapeza: I made a bold decision to leave TTM

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Norman Mapeza (Getty Images)
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Norman Mapeza has explained why he walked away from his head coach role at newly formed Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.

TTM installed Mapeza ahead of the upcoming Premiership season and the Zimbabwean boss arrived in South Africa to begin coaching the side.

But after just three weeks and without signing a contract, the 48-year-old has returned home.

Speaking to the SowetanLIVE, Mapeza said: "This is a new club, and after what I saw I said I can’t help anymore in the three weeks I have been here.

"New players were coming, and I didn’t know much about the levels of their fitness.

"It was going to be difficult for me because I didn’t know much about when was the last time they played football.

"Some I understand they played in the bio-bubble, some they last played football in March before this Covid-19 outbreak. So, I thought it was going to be difficult to work like that with the team."

Mapeza added: "I know people will be surprised, but we are football people, and it was my wish to help those guys at the end of the day, it is a new club. We need to have a foundation.

"You need to make a bold decision as a coach, and I didn’t want to find myself where I would be regretting."

- TEAMtalk media

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