Golden Arrows Follows Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates' Examples of Co Coaches on the Sidelines
- The setup of two or more co-coaches of a club is increasingly becoming popular considering developments in the DStv Premiership
- Golden Arrows became the latest club in the league to appoint co-coaches to manage a team's fortunes on the sidelines
- Mamelodi Sundowns famously began this a couple of seasons ago, before Orlando Pirates followed suit last season
Golden Arrows became the latest club to install co-coaches in the dugout with the appointment of Mabhudi Khenyenza and Vusimusi Vilakazi for the upcoming season
The duo was appointed in a caretaking capacity last season following the sacking of former coach Lehlohonolo Seema in April.
As reported by Kick Off, Khenyeza and Vilakazi admirably pulled off an ambulance job in guiding Arrows away from the relegation zone. They barely missed out on a Top 8 finish, convincing management that they could be trusted to continue on a permanent basis
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The club said on Twitter:
"We are happy to announce that coaches Vusimuzi Vilakazi and Mabhudi Khanyeza will continue to take charge of the team as co-coaches heading into the new season."
In August 2021, Orlando Pirates appointed Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids as co-coaches following the departure of German Josef Zinnbauer, as was reported on TimesLIVE. Davids recently left the Buccaneers, with Ncikazi seemingly set to be one of new coach Jose Riveiro's assistants.
Sport24 then revealed in October 2020 that Steve Komphela would join head coaches Rulani Mokwena and Manqba Mngqithi at Mamelodi Sundowns in his capacity as a "senior coach".
Former Orlando Pirates captain Tonic Chabalala believes two coach system does not work
Former Orlando Pirates defender and captain Tonic Chabalala is not a fan of the current co-coaching system in place at the club.
As reported by Sports Brief, Fadlu Davids and Mandla Ncikazi stepped into both roles after German manager Josef Zinnbauer abruptly resigned from the post of head coach last year. Orlando Pirates is yet to appoint a new permanent coach.
Chabalala said that having two coaches would cause division among the players. He also added that both coaches had players that they each understood well, which was unsustainable.
Source: Sports Brief News