One of the most talented and yet unfortunate young coaches of our time is Joel Masutha.
A consummate professional and a top level players coach, Masutha’s journey in the coaching profession remains a work in progress.
Today, FARPost Technical Study Group (TSG) takes a brotherly look at this calm and courageous coach.
- Complex environment
Coach Joel represents a tough breed of local coaches who have embraced and worked in tough and abrasive football conditions in South Africa. He joins the list of illustrious coaches likes Steve Komphela (Dynamos FC of Giyani) and Gavin Hunt (Black Leopards, Thohoyandou) who performed remarkably well under challenges faced by teams from Limpopo (lack of facilities, shortage of sponsorship and unfavourable social conditions).
Still, Masutha was in charge of the project that brought Leopards back into the ABSA Premiership in 2018.
- Tactical bravery
Coach Masutha’s teams from Chippa United, Maccabi FC, Kings United and Leopards, all have a clear attacking DNA blueprint.
His teams prioritise attack and display a fascinating appeal to play fearless, exciting and highly expansive game.
True to his persona, teams coached by Joel employ a variation of a 1-4-2-3-1 and 1-4-4-2 attack approach, that offers creativity, freedom of expression and solid group interpassing style.
- Scouting element
Lesedi Kapinga, the Leopards attacking dynamite who has been a subject of a transfer speculation to big clubs like Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates was discovered by Masutha.
He recruited Kapinga from the Glad Africa Championship side (Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila) and presented him with his debut in the PSL for Leopards.
Masutha offers a unique combination to professional clubs (the ability to coach and spot talent) making him an ideal coach in the modern football diaspora.
Masutha is currently unemployed after partying ways with Real Kings in February 2020, but as a coach with superior calm personality and an ability to work in tough environments, expect him to be back soon on the football pitch given the recent calls and chants of the Leopards supporters calling for his immediate recall to ‘Lidoda Duvha’.
As they saying goes…’You can’t keep a good man down’.
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