Latest News Round-Up: Mamelodi Sundowns Have Caught A Big Fish In Michael Loftman

UEFA A licensed coach, Michael Loftman has joined Mamelodi Sundowns as a set-play coach.

In their efforts to become an African powerhouse, Mamelodi Sundowns have added another top coach to their already impressive technical team.

But who is Michael Loftman?

This how his profile reads on his website.

In the pursuit of coaching & management excellence, Michael Loftman is a UEFA A License Coach with a Master’s Degree in Sports Science, specialising in coaching, psychology, and pedagogy. He has worked at National Team, Professional, Academy, and Grassroots level across 5 countries. Roles have included the Egyptian National Team, the City Football Group, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Watford FC, and Orlando Pirates FC. In between roles Michael dedicates his time to delivering coach education, and sharing his knowledge with coaches from over 90 countries around the world. This has involved writing books, delivering practical clinics, and leading online workshops. 

Staying with Mamelodi Sundowns, Ronwen Williams, Tebogo Mokoena, and Cassius Mailula made the CAFCL team of the week for their performances against Al Hilal Omdurman last weekend. This coming weekend, the Brazilians will take on Cameroon’s Coton Sport.

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Bloemfontein Celtic’s rebirth?

Troubled Motsepe Foundation Championship side, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila has officially confirmed their relocation to Bloemfontein.

TTM will use the Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium as their home ground.

“We are excited to announce that effective from the 18th of February 2023 we will be moving all our home games to Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein, Free State Province.

Can TTM revive football in Bloemfontein and emulate Dr Molemela’s success with Celtic?

Neo Maema deserves a Bafana Bafana call up, says Junior khanye.

iDiski Tv analyst, Junior Khanye, believes Neo Maema deserves a national team call-up.

“Neo Maema, I think that boy is talented. I think Bafana coaches must give the boy a chance,” he said on iDiski TV.

“I’m starting to see a player…no in fact it’s not the first time but it’s been a while. That boy in that position after Thulani Serero, I saw Serero, I saw a similar type of player.

“He plays the number 10 role nicely because he has variety. Today they [Sundowns] played differently with three, it was Shalulile [Peter], Mailula [Cassious] with him feeding both of them. He brought balance and if not he hit the target himself.

“You can even look at the goal and how he supported play. Mkhulise [Sphelele] always box-to-box there is no game where you find Mkhulise cold. Today he was fetching the ball and looking for that boy.

“I mean Neo would make himself available every time and he became a problem for the opponents because they wanted to close pockets but he stood behind their midfield. When he touched the ball it became a problem for the back three.”

Chippa United advances to the last 16.

It had to take penalties for Chippa United to overcome a stubborn Polokwane City in their last 32 match yesterday.

Baloyi drew first blood for Polokwane City in the 3rd minute, before Lebitso leveled matters in the 12th minute.

After that, nothing could separate the two sides, with Chippa United finally getting the better of Polokwane City via the lottery of penalties.

UEFA A licensed coach, Michael Loftman has joined Mamelodi Sundowns as a set-play coach.
UEFA A licensed coach, Michael Loftman has joined Mamelodi Sundowns as a set-play coach.