BTC premiership sleeping giants Mochudi Centre Chiefs Vice chairman Raymond Tsheko this week accused local coaches of lacking the ambition to advance their careers and technical skills beyond borders. The Kgatleng outfit that are currently without a headcoach are well known for preferring foreign coaches over local candidates.
The former BPL premier league champions have only appointed local coaches on temporary basis since 2004. “Since 2005 the pedigree of our squad forced us to employ foreign coaches. Our highly talented players were exposed to national team coaches like Colleen Rowe, Jelusic Veselin and the only coach to have guided Zebras to African Cup of Nations Stanley Tshosane,” Tshosane said.
In an interview this week, Tsheko argued that they could not go down from the championship status to mediocre set up. The Magosi Vice chairman said they would have completed the process of hiring a coach on the 21 October. “The intension is that we should have employed the coach ahead of the fifth round of the league.” Chiefs host Mankgodi based outfit Black Forest on 21st at National stadium before playing Township Rollers a few days later.
BG Sport has it in good authority that the club is assessing applications from high-ranking coaches from across the globe. The applicants are said to be in possession of qualifications as high as UEFA Pro, UEFA B, and CAF A. The club, which has recently come under scrutiny due to consistent financial strain, is looking at applications from as far as Spain, Portugal, Italy and some from the African continent.
Chiefs have enjoyed the services of some of the finest players in the country including Jerome Ramatlhakwana, Lesego Galenamotlhale, Pontsho Moloi, Elvis Meleke, Tendai Nyumasi, Tshepo Motlhabankwe, Noah Maposa, to name but a few over the years. In previous years, Magosi engaged the services of well known foreign coaches including Mike Sithole, Dragojlo Stanojlovic and Bongani Mafu. “It is not by default that foreign players and coaches come to our league and perform well,” said Tsheko. “If you have never played, reported or coached in front of a minimum capacity of 60 000 spectators week in week out, you are far from football. If you fall under this category it defines the level of your football exposure,” Tsheko said. When asked about his club position concerning employment of coaches, Tsheko said, “It depends on two factors, it depends on the pedigree of our players. If the quality is high the stake goes higher,” Tsheko said.
Tsheko is however positive that Chiefs will pass the club licensing exercise test recently introduced by CAF. First Instance Body (FIB) tasked with rolling out the club licensing initiative gave Chiefs and other clubs provisional licence until 31st October.