If experience was a living person, then the top of the pile clash between Royal AM and Sekhukhune United will best be described, as both teams’ benches are oozing with experience.
This experience will be needed in buckets as both teams occupy the promotion spots in the title race for the GladAfrica Championship of the 2020/2021 season.
However, FARPost Technical Study Group (TSG) feels strongly that this mammoth game will be greatly influenced and won from the two sets of coaching benches.
1. Macdonald Makhubedu
Makhubedu is a seasoned coach with an interesting background in the lower tiers of South African football. Before joining Sekhukhune, he was in charge of fellow Polokwane rivals, Polokwane City were he lasted approximately 86 days.
His coaching travels have seen him coach City, TS Sporting, Baroka FC within the GladAfrica, and the PSL circles. Furthermore, he also cut his teeth in the lower ranks were he managed both Acornbush and Sivutsa Stars.
Makhubedu prefers a dynamic 1-4-4-2 attacking formation, with persistent, relentless running and high-intensity approach characteristic of the NFD teams.
2. Floyd Mogale
The flamboyant and fearless Mogale has been in the game for decades. A strong disciple of the late Ted Dumitri’s Maximal Training Philosophy, Mogale has worked on all levels of the beautiful game.
Mogale propelled Alexandra United to the then Mvela League (NFD) by losing to an ever-impressive Maritzburg City that was coached by legendary coach Reggie Shelembe. Later he joined Kaizer Chiefs Youth Academy where he shared the stage with the club legends Johannes ‘Ryder’ Mofokeng and ‘Ace’ Ntsoelengoe.
He was then reunited with Dumitri and Zipho Dlangalala at the Mamelodi Sundowns Academy and later joined the club’s scouting department. As a Head Scout at the club, he played a big role in the recruitment and development of Keegan Dolly and Percy Tau.
Before joining Royal AM in November 2020 Mogale had stints as Assistant Coach at Free State Stars and twice at Chippa United between a period 6th January to 8th December 2015.
Mogale’s game model is centered around fluid possession-based play, with intricate passing combinations and individual player freedom on the ball. Although at times his attacking formation resembles a 1-4-2-3-1 system, the variation and players free mobility is encouraged.
3. The Verdict
Both Makhubedu and Mogale joined their respective clubs after a couple of matches into the season, and have done an amazing job.
Sekhukhune have scored 27 goals and conceded 14, whereas Royal AM have scored 19 goals and conceded 15 goals, even though they have played 1 game less, expect an open contest from two of our experienced grafters in Mzansi.
By FARPost Technical Study Group