Marumo Gallants Surprisingly Part Ways With Dan Malesela Despite Continued Success With Dan Dance as Manager

Marumo Gallants Surprisingly Part Ways With Dan Malesela Despite Continued Success With Dan Dance as Manager

  • Marumo Gallants have opted not to renew the contract of Dan Malesela ahead of the new DStv Premiership season
  • Dan "Dance" Malesela guided Marumo Gallants to the Nedbank Cup final and to the CAF Confederation Cup
  • Dan Malesela's contract with Marumo Gallants expires at the end of June and the club will not renew it

The DStv Premiership season has seen many coaches lose their jobs, but no one saw Dan Malesela’s release coming.

Marumo Gallants produced the biggest shock of the pre-season as they announced that they would not be renewing Dan ‘Dance’ Malesela’s contract.

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Dan 'Dance' Malesela will not be with Marumo Gallants in the next season as the club have opted not to renew his contract with the team. Image: @soccerzela/ @KickOffMagazine
Source: Twitter

Malesela’s contract expires at the end of June.

The club took to Twitter to announce the decision and thank Malesela for his services during his time at the club and to wish him well in the future.

Dan Dance, as he became known, got his nickname for his trademark touchline antics whenever his team scored a goal.

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Under his leadership, Gallants also qualified for next season’s CAF Confederation Cup and finished in a respectable 10th place in the DStv Premiership.

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