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Notši returns to SA

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Leslie Notsi…set to be unveiled Mthatha Bucks head-coach this week.

Mikia Kalati

Former Likuena coach Leslie Notši is on the verge of joining newly promoted South Africa National First Division (NFD) side Mthatha Bucks.

According to a source privy to the deal, the two parties have already agreed terms with only “a few formalities” still outstanding before Notši is unveiled as the Eastern Cape-based team’s new coach.

The unveiling ceremony could happen “anytime now”, said the source, who spoke to the Sunday Express yesterday on condition of anonymity.

“Bucks have already agreed a deal with Notši, who is already conducting the team’s training, including trials for players who are trying their luck with the team,” said the source.

“We are waiting for a few things before finalising the deal, but I can assure you that he will be coaching the team this coming season; there is no doubt anymore about that.”

Notši—who is not new to South African football following a stint with another division one side Garankuwa United last year—told Sunday Express that several teams in South Africa had made contact with him.

“I have been contacted by a number of South African teams in both the premier league as well as the first division and that’s all I can say at the moment,” said Notši, who left Garankuwa United midseason after a poor run of results.

However, after leaving the Gauteng-based outfit, the 50-year-old former Matlama and Lioli coach joined Bantu as technical advisor. He was brought in to help the Mafeteng outfit in their preparations for the 2014 African Champions League, but Bantu could not clear the first hurdle, falling to AS Mangasport of Gabon in the preliminary round.

Notši was a goalkeeper for Matlama and was appointed Tse Putsoa coach at the beginning of the 2000/01 season. He led the Maseru-based giants to the league title and Imperial Top 8 championship  in 2002/03 and in 2006, left Matlama for their bitter rivals Lioli.

Notši led Tse Nala to the Imperial Top8 title in 2007, but did not last long at the TY-based side after being offered a job by the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA).

In his first coaching stint with LeFA, Notši was assistant to national team coach Motheo Mohapi following the sacking of German mentor Tony Hey. He was also national under-17 team coach at the time.

In 2006, Notši joined LeFA on a fulltime basis as assistant to Serbian coach Zaviša Milosavljevi?.

He also doubled-up as coach of the national under-20 team, Makoanyane XI, at the time and guided the junior team to the 2011 African Youth Championship held in South Africa.

The same year, he was appointed Likuena head-coach following the departure of Milosavljevi?.

Among the highlights of Notši’s Likuena tenure was leading the team to fourth place at the 2013 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations tournament in Zambia.


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