Ma-Indies in search of new coach following Mabotja dramatic departure

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Ma-Indies Ladies FC are in a process of finalizing matters in securing their new coach after parting ways with then mentor Tlou Mabotja, who joined arch rivals First Touch Academy.

Mabotja’s departure came shortly after he stormed out of a meeting with the club’s Managing Director, Falaza Mdaka, after refusing to accept having defender Itumeleng Mogale be reinstated to the team.

Mogale left the club to go and train with Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies FC, following frustrations of not being fielded in most of Ma-Indies league matches. It is alleged that the player believed that she deserved to feature in most of those matches, however, due to differences that have been existing between the player and the coach, she was snubbed.

“We actually sat down with the coach (Mabotja) to try and resolve this matter, however, he was not willing to budge,” Falaza said. “He, as a matter of fact, stormed out of that meeting and never returned to training at the club. The next thing we knew, he was now coaching our arch-rivals (First Touch FC). He was not on the bench when we played to that 2-2 draw but I can confirm to you now that he trained the team and is currently working with them.

“I have received some applications regarding the availability of the vacant coaching post at the club, however, it is Glenda Furumele who is in pole position of getting this role,” Falaza added.

“We have a good history of winning with her during the time she was working with us. She was there when we reached the Sasol League National Championships back in 2013, only to lose against Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies in the final. She has always served the team in the Team Manager capacity and we are now trying to see on whether we can’t secure her services in a coaching role. This will all depend on her availability.”

Meanwhile, Mdaka stated Celtic Ladies have since shown keen interest in signing Mogale and wing-back Rahab Mabina from his side in the middle of the current Hollywoodbets Super League season. The Managing Director said he has refused to take Celtic on the two offers as he sees this as more of a ploy by the club to try and weaken his team before this season comes to an end.

“The truth of the matter is the registration window is closed and granting clearances to both of my players whom Celtic are trying to sign, will be a pointless exercise,” Mdaka said. “These players will not be available for selection for the remainder of this season should I grant such, while we are still in need of their services to finish strong this season.”

By Mohau Ramashidja