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Liphakoe hires South African coach

Moorosi Tsiane

LIPHAKOE have unveiled former Kaizer Chiefs under 17 coach, Thabo Tšutšulupa, as their new head coach.

The deal that was announced on Wednesday will see the coach lead the side’s technical team for one year. Tšutšulupa replaces the sacked Masupha Letsie who parted ways with the Quthing outfit a month after he was appointed in July this year.

Letsie was appointed to replace Motolo Makepe who coached the outfit last season but was released last month.

Liphakoe vice president Moeketsi Ramakatsa confirmed the appointment of Tšutšulupa and said although he has a lot of work, the coach brings in a lot of experience.

Ramakatsa said Tšutšulupa who is related to former Moroka Swallows captain and Bafana Bafana player Lefa Tšutšulupa approached them for the job and they failed to resist his tempting CV.

“He is actually the one who approached us saying he has worked with several teams on developmental level and was now looking for exposure,” Ramakatsa said.

“His CV is rich and we thought why not give him a chance because we think he is the kind of a coach we need for our team. We have a mixture of young and senior players so we needed a coach who would help them grow so his experience working with the youth teams will help us.”

Ramakatsa said their target is to finish in the top eight in the upcoming season and avoid relegation.

“We do not want to aim to high only for us to be disappointed. Our target is to make it into the top eight at the end of the season and we believe Tšutšulupa can take us there.

“Of course, he arrived a bit late but he has been following us and knows our team. He was here during Alliance tournament and last weekend’s Econet Spectacular Tournament. Fortunately, the league is going to start in mid-September so he will have some time to work with the boys before it commences.

“He is such a humble man and willing to help us while we are also helping him. He understands that we are not at the same level as the likes of Kaizer Chiefs so he is not expecting miracles from us and does not cost too much. He will commence his duties next week while his assistant Mosa Moseneke will lead the team to Sunday’s tournament at LCS ground where we are playing Bantu,” Ramakatsa said.






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