Pretoria Callies team manager Ndinae Nemulodi has denied departure claims of coach Kwanele Kopo after his contract ran out at the end of last month.

Reports emerged from the media in May that Kopo’s future at Callies had come to an end. He had been expected to sign for Chippa United as an assistant coach to the newly appointed coach Morgan Mamila.

However, Kopo, himself had, at that time, confirmed to LimSportsZone that he had not left the team. But admitted there were a lot of offers from various Soccer Premier League (PSL) teams, including the Chilli Boys.

The former SuperSport United development side coach’s move to the Eastern Cape had repeatedly continued. He was said to be close to being sealed before it collapsed last month.

PRETORIA CALLIES DENY DEPARTURE CLAIMS

Now, the club’s team manager, Nemulodi has denied reports that Kopo has left. He even hinted he may stay for another two years.

“Remember he (Kopo) always spoke of the three-year plan that we had for the team. So he is continuing with the plan,” Nemulodi told LimSportsZone.

“Within the club structures, it was not communicated that he had left. We continued and planned with him for the new season.

“Now, I’m not sure about the details of the contract, but I know we had a three-year plan with him, and it’s good that amid all the offers he decided to stay and continue with what he started.”

Rumours of a move for Kopo to Gqeberha had continued to persist throughout. Surprisingly, the club’s chairman, Moses Malada had also confirmed to the media that Kopo had left the team, and they were searching for a new coach.

Nonetheless, Nemulodi has insisted that the chairman was probably avoiding the media questions when he agreed that Kopo had departed.

“Maybe that comment was just to shift the media attention because we were in the newspapers for our last game against Polokwane,” Nemulodi added.

WHAT KWANELE KOPO SAYS ABOUT THE SITUATION

Speaking to this publication on Saturday, 1st of July, coach Kwanele Kopo could not open up much about his contractual issue. Kopo said there is nothing presently and has not signed any contract.

But, LimSportsZone has it on good authority that there was a meeting on Thursday in Pretoria, with another meeting set for Monday to decide whether to keep the coach and several players in the team for next season. In fact, Kopo is likely to continue as the Roman’s coach.

By Clifton Mabasa

Siphelele Mthembu’s future is shrouded in uncertainty following coach Kwanele Kopo’s exit from the Motsepe Foundation Championship side Pretoria Callies.

Mthembu joined The Romans in December 2022 after having been released by AmaZulu. In fact, the veteran striker was roped in to help Callies avoid relegation.

The former Kaizer Chiefs enjoyed a prolific six-month stint with the Tshwane outfit. He scored five goals in 14 appearances across all competitions and helped them survive relegation.

However, now, a LimSportsZone insider at the club has revealed that the former Orlando Pirates goal-poacher faces uncertainty about his life at the club.

Siphelele Mthembu's future at Pretoria Callies uncertain after Kwanele Kopo's departure
Kwanele Kopo

SIPHELELE MTHEMBU UNSURE OF HIS LIFE AT PRETORIA CALLIES

This publication’s informant has stated that the departure of Kopo could put Mthembu’s life in danger. It is understood that there are no any sort of ongoing discussions between the player and the club.

“It’s complicated, remember he was recommended to the team by coach Kopo to help him fight the relegation battle. Now he has left, it becomes a problem,” said the insider.

“The management is quiet now. So, he is unsure of his life at the club. If they wanted him to continue, they could have started to negotiate, but there’s nothing at the moment.

MORE PLAYERS TO FOLLOW AFETR KWANELE KOPO DEPARTURE

“I think a few players will be released and Mthembu could be one of them. But all that will be confirmed when the new coach arrives.”

Mthembu’s contract with Callies is set to end at the end of this month.
It remains to be seen whether the 35-year-old will extend his stay at the Romans or will have to search for a new home next season.

But this publication also understands that the Callies’ management is adamant, believing they still need the services of Mthembu who was affected by injuries during his short period at the club.

By Clifton Mabasa