By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
MAMELODI Sundowns has released their head coach, Antonio Lopez Habaas before replacing him with Ian Gorowa.
This was confirmed by the club’s president, Patrice Motsepe today at the club’s head quarters in Cloorkop near Thembisa.
Motsepe confirmed that Habas was asked to be relieved from his position due to family pressure.
“Habaas asked to be relieved, citing family pressure as his reasons for leaving the club after our supporters threatened to kill him.
He has told us that his wife was admitted to the hospital after hearing the threats, and his family asked him to resign as the club’s coach,” said Motsepe He added that: “I was looking forward to have Habaas as the team coach at least until at the end of the season so that he can finish his mandate, but it was not meant to be.” Motsepe said the appointment of Gorowa as acting coach should be seen as his campaign to empower the local coaches.
“It is good to have the foreign coaches at the club because they come with a rich experience, but as the country we need to empower our own people as well,” pointed out Motsepe.
In an interesting move, Motsepe also brought in the club’s legends, Harold “Jazzy Queen” Legodi and Harris “CCTV” Choeu, as Gorowa’s assistants. Another Downs legend, goalkeeper coach Mark “Lesilo” Anderson, and Kaizer Chiefs legend Jan “Malombo” Lechaba were roped in to the technical staff headed by Trott “Trappa” Moloto.
The new coaching staff will begin their duties when the Brazilians host Santos at Atteridgeville’s Lucas Moripe Stadium tomorrow at 3.30pm