Motsepe Foundation Championship side Marumo Gallants have appointed Steven Polack as their new Head Coach. The UEFA Pro-Licence holder English coach has extensive experience coaching football teams in Africa and Finland. Polack will be assisted by Pitso Dladla who joined the club in August this year as Head Coach.

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Former Baroka FC assistant coach Fani Mthethwa will be joining Gallants as an additional assistant Coach.

“The restructure is aimed at strengthening Gallants’ technical team as Bahlabane ba Ntwa continues the journey in the Motsepe Foundation Championship League this season. The club has parted ways with former assistant Coach Rodney Moroka,” the club said in a statement.

“With a track record in excess of two decades, Polack’s successes include leading FC Inter Turku from the 3rd division to the Premier League in Finland and taking home various accolades during his coaching time in Ghana (including the Super Cup in 2019, the MTN FA Cup, Glo Top 8 and President Cup). His achievements also led to him being announced as MTN Coach of the Year in 2017. Polack also took Kenyan team Gor Mahia to league victory, and has contributed to the progress of other clubs in Africa.”

STEVEN POLACK APPOINTED MARUMO GALLANTS COACH

Polack says he wants the club and players to forget about what has happened in the past and focus on the future.

“The past is the past, I am not concerned with what has happened at the club prior to my arrival. My focus is on the future, and a fresh start for Gallants. I would like to thank the club Chairman Mr Abram Sello for this opportunity. I look forward to meeting and working with the team.”

Polack arrived in South Africa on Tuesday and will also be meeting with the technical team and players on Wednesday. 

PSL coach Joel Masutha has resigned from his role at Limpopo-based club Venda FC after some poor results. The club has appointed Johnny Ferreira who had been acting as a technical advisor. 

The latest developments follow a dissipating 5-1 defeat by Maritzburg United on Wednesday evening. 

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In an unusual way of doing things, the club also posted the contents of his resignation letter on social media platforms. 

Joel Masutha has resigned from Venda FC
Joel Masutha

VENDA FC COACH JOEL MASUTHA OFFICIALLY RESIGNED 

“It is with great regret to inform you that I’m resigning from the head coach position with immediate effect. I am not greedy and don’t want to drag the team down the drain,” the club revealed in the letter. 

“VFC’s current Technical Advisor, My John Ferreira, has agreed to step in as Interim Head Coach. Please note, that the Club shall not make further public statements/comments on the matter.”

By Khotso Ramalatswa

Former Marumo Gallants coach Dan Dance Malesela has been appointed as the new head coach of Motsepe Foundation Championship side Baroka FC. Malesela will steer the ship of the PSL side until the end of the season after replacing Stanford Nkoane.

The appointment of Malesela comes after a 1-1 stalemate against Casric Stars at Solomon Mahlangu stadium on Sunday.

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Malesela, who has won one major trophy in his coaching career has stated the negotiations between him and the club chairman Khurishi Mphahlele didn’t take long to reach an agreement.

“We didn’t talk for too long, I think it was one or two and we agreed. I was fortunate sometimes when I was with the other team, I was driving with my technical team and (I said) I’m interested in seeing the village and fortunately the chairman was here and I was highly [impressed] with what I saw,” Malesela stated.

KHURISHI MPHAHLELE SHOWS FAITH IN DAN MALESELA

According to the Baroka chairman, the former Chippa United coach could remain with the club next season if they get promoted to top flight football next season. Mphahlele has alluded their aim is to get back to the DStv Premiership next season.

“You all know his name and he is going to be with us until the end of the season. Hopefully when we get to the DStv Premiership he will be with us.

“Our aim is to get to the DStv Premiership next season. That is why we have a man like Dan here to sign with us.”

Baroka are yet to register their first win of the season in the Motsepe Foundation Championship after playing five matches. The Limpopo based team are welcoming Upington City on Wednesday afternoon.

By Katleho Hlalele

Spanish coach, Alejandro Dorado has resigned from his role as Black Leopards head coach, LimSportsZone has learnt.

Leopards and Dorado parted ways just after only three matches into the 2023/2024 Motsepe Foundation Championship campaign. Dorado leaves the club after joining the PSL side at the beginning of the season.

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This comes after Lidoda Duvha slumped to a 2-0 defeat to the league’s newbies, Orbit College. This was in front of a huge number of their spectators at Giant Stadium on Sunday.

Overall, the Spanish coach has lost two matches and drawn one game with the Limpopo team.

Leopards are now in position 15 in the National First Division table, just a point ahead of struggling Milford FC, who bought the status of Uthongathi this season.

BLACK LEOPARDS ASSISTANT PETER MPONDA TAKES OVER FROM COACH ALEJANDRO DORADO

LimSportsZone understands that assistant coach Peter Mponda has already taken over as he was in charge of the Monday training session.

Mponda, who spent seven years with Lidoda Duvha during his playing career, had joined the club as an assistant coach to Dorado at the beginning of the season.

The Malawian international coach and Leopards are preparing for their fourth match. It will be the Limpopo derby against Magesi FC next Saturday at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.

By Clifton Mabasa

Motsepe Foundation Championship side Venda FC have roped in veteran PSL coach Johnny Ferreira into their technical team as director. Ferreira joins the club as a technical director while they have also retained head coach Joel Masutha.

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Masutha is in his second season as coach at the club after joining from Black Leopards last season. Venda FC have had a slow start to the season after collecting just two out of a possible nine points.

Johnny Ferreira joins Venda FC as technical director
Venda FC training ground

VENDA FC APPOINT JOHNNY FERREIRA AS TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

They have drawn two home matches and lost one away to Upington City. Meanwhile, the well-traveled Ferreira was at the club’s training ground in Louis Trichardt on Monday. The club has not officially confirmed the latest changes but sources have confirmed that the changes have taken place.

Black Leopards chairman Tshifhiwa “Chief” Thidiela was involved in an angry confrontation with the club’s fans following their defeat to Orbit College.

Lidoda Duvha slumped to a 2-0 defeat to the Motsepe Foundation Championship newbies, Orbit College, in front of a huge number of their spectators at Giant Stadium.

The loss kept the Limpopo side in second spot from the bottom of the table, just a point ahead of struggling Milford FC, who sit 16th.

BLACK LEOPARDS FANS LOSE PATIENCE IN ALEJANDRO DORADO

Coach Alejandro Dorado joined the PSL club at the beginning of the season and has lost two and drawn one match out of three games so far.

And unfortunately, with results not fourth-coming, following his side’s latest painful loss at Giant Stadium, supporters have started to lose patience.

Plenty of angry fans confronted Thidiela after the match and shouted at him, saying they wanted the coach to start delivering positive results.

One of the fans, according to this publication’s insider at the stadium, said:
“We are tired of these results, we want changes. We spent a lot to come to support this team,” provoking a furious reaction.

CHIEF THIDIELA DISH-OUT HARSH WORDS TOWARDS SUPPORTERS

As a result, a very frustrated Thidiela had to condemn the supporters’ conduct hastily. According to one supporter who asked to remain anonymous, Thidiela made harsh remarks directed at Leopards’ fans.

“I spent a lot of money on this team, I also feel the pain of losing,” Thidiela said.

“I spend a lot from my pocket, so you (supporters) cannot say anything because I spend more than anyone.”

Leopards, who were relegated from the Motsepe Foundation Championship last season, brought their way back to the league after purchasing the status of All Stars.

The Spanish coach, Dorado, and his troops will have to revise their mistakes going to the fourth match against Magesi in the Limpopo derby next Saturday at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.

By Clifton Mabasa

After his first official match in South Africa, Black Leopards head coach Alejandro Dorado has pointed out the differences between African and European players.

Dorado’s Leopards played out to a goalless draw against Pretoria Callies in their league opener at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT Stadium) on Friday afternoon.

The Spanish mentor was appointed as Leopards coach after the club bought the Motsepe Foundation Championship status of All-Stars following their relegation last season.

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Before coming to South Africa to take charge of Lidoda Duvha, Dorado was formerly with Real Madrid youth team as their coach. He also had an assistant coach stint in Canadian club, HFX Wanderers.

Despite being happy with his side’s performance against Callies, the 38-year-old tactician said South African players need to apply composure in the final third.

“It’s the same in most parts of the world, the differences are the players. Players are always different everywhere, in China, in Spain, Finland or Canada,” Dorado told LimSportsZone.

WHAT BLACK LEOPARDS COACH ALEJANDRO DORADO MAKE OF SA PLAYERS 

“But, African, more especially South African Players are skillful. They have the strength to make things happen. But I think they need to calm themselves in the last part of the pitch.

“Because as South African Players, if they can understand this thing of being calm and pass the ball calmly, everything will be fine when they are in the final third.

“I saw Bonginkosi (Makanya), Thabang (Mabena), Vincent (Mashego) and others wanting to play it forward, this is the big difference I am seeing. So they need to calm down, pass, pass and the rest will follow.”

The Spanish coach with his troops will face Casric Stars at Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday, 02 September. 

By Clifton Mabasa 

Motsepe Foundation Championship side Casric Stars will host seven of their 15 home matches at the Giyani Stadium in Limpopo. This was revealed in the fixture list released by the PSL last week. The promotion league is set to kick-start on Friday, 24 August.

Casric Stars are co-owned by Bucks Mthombeni and Tshikane Mkasi [main picture] who have some roots in Giyani. They played all their home matches at the Solomon Mahlangu Stadium in Mpumalanga last season.

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The club came close to securing promotion to the DStv Premiership but missed out on the last day of the season. They also failed to gain promotion during the PSL promotion playoffs which saw Cape Town Spurs secure promotion.

CASRIC STARS FIXTURES IN GIYANI STADIUM

 7 October Casric Stars Milford FC
 4 November  Casric Stars Upington City
 2 December Casric Stars Orbit College FC
 13 February   Casric Stars Maritzburg United
 9 March Casric Stars NB La Masia
 28 April  Casric Stars JDR Stars
 5 May Casric Stars Platinum City Rovers

Meanwhile, as first revealed by LimSportsZone, Venda Football Club will host some of its matches at the Giyani Stadium. Venda FC are in their third season in the National first division. Their regular home base has always been in Thohoyandou.

According to the fixture list, VFC will only host Baroka at the Malamulele Stadium on 8 October. But according to sources the stadium will host a few other fixtures that are set to be confirmed at a later stage. 

Limpopo club Magesi FC have unveiled 12 new signings while also confirming the departure of 16 players, including Manuel Kambala. Magesi are heading to their second season in the Motsepe Foundation Championship.

After a 12th-place finish last season, the club has vowed to fight for promotion for the upcoming season. The club held an official unveiling event at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Friday.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns manager Peter Koutroulis who has been appointed as a technical advisor. He joins together with four new technical staff members.

MAGESI FC NEW SIGNINGS

Elson Sithole, Tshepo Matsemela, Diamond Thopola, Glen Malesa, Anathi Ngwadla, Mcedi Vandala, Thintswalo Masebe, Wonderboy Makhubu, Junior Seseane, Thierry Sama, Mzwandile Buthelezi and Katleho Molaba.

Magesi FC sign 12 players and release 16
Magesi FC officials

New Technical team members: Peter Koutroulis – Technical Adviser Samantha Singo – Biokineticist Pedro Piçarro – Physical Trainer Fiston Kabwanga – Goalkeeper Coach

PLAYERS RELEASED:
Motsoshi Baloyi, Tebogo Semenya, Thokozani Hlubi, Tlou Masegela, Njabulo Buthelezi, Mthokozisi Msomi, Junior Letwaba, Raymond Maluleke, Solly Makgoga, Shane April, Gopolang Seema, Donald Mokondelela, Lethabo Mazibuko, Thabiso Botopela, Manuel Kambala and Kagiso Selemela.

“It was a collective decision by the technical team and management to release the players we did,” said coach Clinton Larsen. “I think of all the players, Selemela was the one player that we tried to keep,” he said

The owner of Magesi FC Solomon Masilo Makhubela has been conferred with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Community Development at the Tzaneen TVet College of Higher Learning. The ceremony took place on 29 July 2023. 

The club also confirmed in a statement that their chairman is now referred to as Dr Makhubela. 

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“Magesi Football Club extends words of appreciation to its President, Solomon Masilo Makhubela for being inducted as a Doctor of Philosophy in Community Development at the Tzaneen TVet College of Higher Learning on 29 July 2023. Dr Makhubela has for years, dedicated his resources towards developing communities within Limpopo,” the club said. 

“Among his many acts of service, Dr Makhubela supports educational programs in schools. The elderly and in collaboration with Mantona Kgoshi Kgabo Moloto wa Boraro, has uplifted the Moletjie region. This is where he hails from.

“The newly capped doctor is also a God-fearing man, who has contributed immensely to various religious organisations,” the club said.

MAGESI FC BOSS DR SOLOMON MAKHUBELA MAKING AN IMPACT IN THE COMMUNITY  

“Having risen through the ranks and served in different leadership and managerial positions, he continuously sustained his activism in both governance and organisations.

“Dikwena extends these words of congratulations to Dr Makhubela and his family,” said the club. 

Magesi are into the second season in the Motsepe Foundation Championship since their return from the SAFA ABC Motsepe League. 

The Limpopo club finished 12th last season under the guidance of coach Clinton Larsen. They will open their 2023/24 campaign with a Limpopo derby against rivals Baroka FC at the Global Stadium. 

By Khotso Ramalatswa