Not a day in the world of football goes by without any interesting news; here is a quick round-up of yesterday’s news in case you missed the action.
To get the ball rolling, we start in Kwazulu Natal, Durban, where AmaZulu FC officially announced the appointments of four new coaches as part of their development structures.
Former Orlando Pirates midfield sensation, Andile ‘Sguda’ Cele, was announced as Usuthu’s new under-19’s Head Coach.
Reneilwe Letsholonyane will take charge of the under-17s, while Brice Petersen will lead the under 15s.
Former Orlando Pirates and Tottenham Hotspur defender, Mbulelo ‘OJ’ Mabizela was appointed as the under 13’s assistant coach.
The new coaching appointments will form part of Usuthu’s ambitious Youth Football Project 2032, which is aimed at unearthing top talent that will turn the Kwazulu Natal side into a formidable force in South African football.
SuperSport United completed the signing of Senegalese forward, Serigne Mamour Niang.
The 23-year-old former Teungueth striker has penned a one and half year deal with Amantsantsa a Pitori.
“Niang is a typical number 9 and he will be able to take off some of the work load in our strike force,” Gavin Hunt told the club’s media team.
“His aerial power is going to cause teams problems and I’m looking forward to pushing him to higher levels.”
If he is anything like his elder brother, former Mamelodi Sundowns center-forward, Mame Niang, he will enjoy his time at Supersport United.
It is no secret that Gavin likes them young, tall, and scoring goals.
Niang comes in as a direct replacement for Thamsanqa Gabuza who is headed to the wine lands.
Do you remember Lebo Manyama? The Ex Kaizer Chiefs player can’t wait to find a club and get back into the action once he fully recovers from a knee injury he has been nursing for ages.
According to his agent, Maimane Phiri, Manyama still has a lot to offer local football.
“Injuries are part of football. Some people can spend two years without playing and when they heal they play again,” Phiri told Times LIVE.
Manyama has been without a club since June 2022. One wonders whether there will be any takers for the once-promising injury-prone footballer.
But this is South African football, anything is possible.
We wrap up this round-up by taking a short left to Naturena, where Amakhosi held a press conference yesterday.
If luck was a person, he would gatvol of Kaizer Chiefs.
Lately, everything has been blamed on poor luck by Amakhosi, and not poor defensive displays, not poor finishing, and a lack of balance in the team, but poor old luck.
Even Yusuf Maart has joined his coach in the act.
“You can’t take away what they (Sundowns) have. They’ve been winning, and we’ve also been trying to but our luck hasn’t been there since the start,” Maart said.
“But maybe it’s something that we need to work on as a team. If they run away with the league, then that’s that. There’s nothing we can do about it.”
Maybe it’s time for Amakhosi to give the poor lad (Luck) a break; he can longer be an excuse for poor performances and results.