- Dan Malesela believes that there was a nefarious reason that led to his surprising sacking by Marumo Gallants
- Malesela joined a struggling Gallants in November last year, guiding them out of the relegation zone to safety, and also to a Nedbank Cup final
- The 56-year-old said that he was accused within the club of match fixing, which was used as a pretext to not renew his contract
Former Marumo Gallants coach Dan Malesela has made a startling claim with regards to his firing by the club last week.
Alleging that his image was being deliberately tarnished, Malesela said that he was accused of match-fixing, which he thinks was used as an excuse to show him the door.
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“I don’t know whether they also know why they are doing this all; the rumours I hear, some of which are very big lies. Maybe it is somebody trying to create something so I can move from the club."
“What I had was the reason [not to renew the contract] and for me, it is a big lie because things were the other way round. I don’t want to go deep into this because if that’s the case, people must be careful with the things they say.”
Malesela is worried that the allegations could hurt his career moving forward, adding:
“If you say things you must be careful that there are no repercussions because things could end up being bigger than what you think they are. If it affects someone’s career, then it is something else because this could affect my career if it were to come out as true.
"It is not true and I will let it go because I think there are a lot of people at the club who need to learn how to operate in this game.”
As per TimesLIVE, Malesela took over at Gallants last November when the team was in the relegation zone. He guided them to an impressive 10th place finish in the DStv Premiership, while also missing out on a Nedbank Cup final win in a loss to Mamelodi Sundowns.
Marumo Gallants surprisingly part ways with Dan Malesela despite continued success with Dan Dance as manager
The DStv Premiership season has seen many coaches lose their jobs, but no one saw Dan Malesela’s release coming.
As reported by Sports Brief, Marumo Gallants produced the biggest shock of the pre-season as they announced that they would not be renewing Dan ‘Dance’ Malesela’s contract.
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.