By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
PAUL Doleza and David “DVD” Mathebula are expected to revive their old days at Kaizer Chiefs as a coach and a player respectively, and this time at their newly found home at Mpumalanga Black Aces.
Thi after Aces announced an action-starved Mathebula this week from Chiefs and team-mate, Thabang Rooi as their latest signees to the Mpumalanga base-side ahead of their Absa Premiership match away to Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night, January 7.
Mathebula and Rooi’s latest move to AmaZayoni comes hardly a week after the club’s official announced their third coach this season in Doleza as their new coach. Doleza replaces former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs captain, Neil Tovey to the club’s hot seat.
Also known as Hosi ya mina, the Giyani-born Mathebula has had a good time Amakhosi which he joined in 2004 from Dynamos, winning almost ten silver-ware with the Naturena based-side which include the league during the 2004/05 season until in the recent years when injuries sidelined him from the starting line-ups.
As for Rooi, this is his second stint at Aces which he played for before the club was promoted to the elite league during the beginning of the 2007/08 season. His stay at Chiefs has been profitable, winning two cup competitions, the MTN 8 and Telkom Knockout Cup in 2008/9 and 2009/10 respectively.
Both Mathebula and Rooi who are already registered with PSL as Aces players were confirmed to have commenced training at Aces on Wednesday, January 5 with the rest of team members and are sure to make an immediate impact.
Aces CEO, Marc Grune, was very pleased to have been able to land this coup. “Both chairmen, Mario and George Morfou, together with myself have been working tirelessly for many weeks to make this deal happen. Thanks to the assistance of Chiefs it was then worked out and we are extremely happy to welcome these two quality players into the Aces fold. They will surely impress the technical staff and add more power to the team!” Their inclusion in the squad was also highly welcomed by the coach Paul Dolezar. This move shows that Aces intend becoming a force in SA football.