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‘BOMBER’ BLASTS LOCAL COACHES

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(At EFA Technical Centre)


LOBAMBA – Eswatini Football Association (EFA) President Adam ‘Bomber’ Mthethwa has been angered by local coaches for not showing interest in the Sihlangu vacant post.


The post is vacant following the decision of the country’s football body not to renew coach Kostadin Papic’s contract which comes to an end on December 31.
He said he was feeling a little bit ashamed after international coaches started applying and sending their Curriculum Vitae (CV) with the locals not bothered.
He said as the national association, they did not rejoice when they did not show interest.


He said just after it was announced that Papic’s contract would not be renewed, international coaches read from the internet, media and they started showing interest in the vacant post. He said as the national association they were not pleased that locals were not showing interest when there was a vacancy.
The only coach who did show interest in the post is Young Buffaloes and the national Under-20 coach Dominic Kunene, who was highly praised by Mthethwa for the commitment.


Mthethwa was addressing the national team Under-20 squad that left the country for Lusaka, Zambia where they will be playing in the COSAFA Youth  Championships that start today with the finals on December 14.
“I feel a bit ashamed that as a founding member of the coaches association in 1987, there seems to be this division within the coaches, which I don’t know where it comes from.


complained


‘‘Having started coaching association and training coaches over these 30 years or so, no one shows interest that they want to take over as the national team coach,” he said.


He said people were waiting until the executive committee appointed and complained of being left out. He said he was impressed by the national Under-20 team and Young Buffaloes coach Dominic Kunene that he showed interest. He said that was the attitude they wanted from people who want to work.
Mthethwa said he liked Kunene as he was always on point.


“I’m encouraging everyone that as we are going to play in Zambia, coaches must show their support to each other and also support the national association. We must all come together to assist in the development of football in the country,” he said.
Mthethwa added that he was not even sure of the number of applications they received from the internationals, while they had not advertised the post or opened for applications.


The last local coach to lead the national team was Anthony Mdluli who was succeeded by the Serbian and former South Africa’s Orlando Pirates coach Papic.

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