In news that seems to confirm the departure is that, ThisIsFootball.Africa can announce that runaway league leaders Sundowns will announce a new assistant coach for next season! At the moment nothing has been confirmed, but numerous sources close to the deal have confirmed to us that the deal is done and that Mamelodi Sundowns will announce 32 year old Englishman Michael Loftman as their new addition to their coaching team before the start of the new season.
Loftman, was appointed as head coach of first division side, Venda Football Academy in June 2022. Although born in the England, Loftman is no stranger to African football having had a few positions previously on the continent. He worked at Orlando Pirates for two years between 2018 and 2020 as head coach of their Diski Challenge side. Loftman also worked for a period as the Pirates first team performance analyst. He also took his first head coach role at the age of only 25 when he became head coach of Zambian side, Lusaka Dynamos. Loftman also landed a job as part of Carlos Quieroz’s technical team for the Egyptian national team where his role was as head performance analyst.
In addition Loftman also worked at Belgium club, Lommel Sk, which is part of the City Group, whose main club is Manchester City!
Loftman has been coaching since his school days and has gained a lot of experience working with the youth teams of top English teams such as Tottenham Hotspurs and Watford as well as Dagenham & Redbridge while at the same time doing his UEFA A license. Loftman has also written a number of books on coaching.
It seems as if Loftman was a recommended to Sundowns by head coach Rhulani Mokwena, who was keen on getting the like minded Loftman on board.