Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena has shared his opinion on the latest addition of Michael Loftman to his technical team.
Loftman was appointed as a Set Play coach at Sundowns two weeks ago and he has already started his work. Loftman will work on the pitch and compile analytical data to provide information to improve important parts of their game.
Previously, Loftman had spent four months with the Egyptian national teams as Carlos Queiroz’s performance coach. Earlier this season, the 33-year-old was the head coach of Motsepe Foundation outfit Venda Football Academy but he didn’t stay long at VFA.
According to the Mamelodi Sundowns website, the appointment of Loftman was made in an effort to raise the bar by including a specialist to the technical team.
The London-born official has already started to work at Masandawana after he travelled with the team to Cameroon to play Coton Sport. Mokwena and Loftman know each other very well having worked together at Orlando Pirates and Chippa United a few seasons back.
“Michael is coming out [as] someone that I have extremely good relations [with]. It helps when someone has incredible quality. Very qualified coach, very hardworking with very good qualities competence, technical expertise,” said Mokwena on Tuesday.
“Someone that knows the South African game quite well, now having been in the country for quite some time.
“And with any other additions to the technical team for sure as one of the leaders within the club I have to have an opinion and some form of influence with regards to the compensation of the technical team and fortunately the club was in support because then it something that is for the club and to help the club to move into very good direction and we are very happy.
“Exciting times ahead and we welcome him with a warm hand and we look forward to the contribution that he’s going to make,” he ended.
The addition of Loftman means Bafana Ba Style have more than 20 technical team members. He holds a UEFA A license from the English FA and a Sports Science and Coaching Master’s Degree from Brunel University.