An opportunity to coach a club in the Premier Soccer League in South Africa is normally a dream job for both local and foreign coaches, but not for peeved former Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila head coach Erol Akbay.
The Dutch-born mentor resigned from his job at the GladAfrica Championship side Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila after only 3 games in charge.
Akbay has accused club owner Masala Mulaudzi of interfering too much with his job specifically on the match day 18-man squad, line up and substitutions.
This is something that the 52-year-old couldn’t stand and called it quits.
“The first day I arrived I had problems with the players because they were not paid, coaches were not paid, and everybody was not happy, so I had to solve that,” Akbay told FARPost.co.za when we met him today at Louis Trichardt, Limpopo.
“So slowly we managed to convince the players because sooner you might loose 5 or 6 zero, but the Chairman also spoke to the players so there was a little bit peace in the beginning.”
“But what was happening every time when we were playing games he tried behind my back all the time to talk to the assistant coach (Lucky Nelukau) to take some players in and some players out so that I have to do what he says, that’s what was actually happening.”
The former Highlanders of Zimbabwe coach says he tried ignoring the instructions in the first two games but the last match against TS Sporting was what broke the camel’s back.
“The first two games I was not listening to him, I was doing what I had to do and we won two games but the last game he was pushing too much to the assistant coach so he instructed the assistant coach to put a player in via the phone without my knowledge.
“So, I cannot accept those kinds of things. You hire me for what if you are going to decide yourself on who to play? Go coach yourself because that means you don’t need me. That’s why I resigned – I can’t accept it,” he said.
Akbay is still stuck in Louis Trichardt waiting for the club to book him a flight back to the Netherlands. He is also still using the team’s vehicle and staying at the accommodation they provided.
By Ofhani Munyai