Mr Sello Choeke.
Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC (TTM) have parted ways with their technical team, consisting of head coach Sello Choeke and his assistant, Lucky “King Muchincha” Nelukau.
This followed several bad performances by the team, and after its 1-1 draw against TS Galaxy on Sunday, the team’s bosses decided that they had had enough. Limpopo Mirror has learnt that Choeke and his technical team were shown the door immediately after the match.
Choeke was appointed as the coach after the team purchased National First Division status last July. Two weeks ago, the coaching team received an ultimatum to win their next two matches or be fired. They could, however, only draw both the matches.
The chairperson of the team, Mr Masala Mulaudzi, told Limpopo Mirror that the main reason for the separation was that, for the past six games, the team had not performed well. He added that the management of the team currently felt that the results were not coming, and they needed to get someone who could come and take the team to the next level.
"The other thing is that their contracts were due for renewal. We (the board) have decided to go out and look for people with fresh ideas to take us to the Premier Soccer League.
Mulaudzi expressed his gratitude to the supporters for the unwavering support they had demonstrated throughout the past season. “The supporters were behind the team, even at times when their performance was below par,” he said. According to him, the team will have a new coach before the next league match on 3 February.
The physical trainer, Mr Phuthi Mohafe, will take over the team as caretaker-coach. They will be hoping for three points when they meet Royal Eagles at the Thohoyandou Stadium on 2 February. “It is a must-win match for us. We desperately need points because we have not done well in the last matches. We have to turn the corner and start winning matches,” Mulaudzi said.
Choeke confirmed that the two parties had parted ways in good spirit.
Date:24 January 2019 - By: Kaizer Nengovhela
Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.