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Mohafe’s Future Uncertain Despite Relegation Escape

  • May 21, 2024
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Mohafe’s Future Uncertain Despite Relegation Escape

Polokwane City’s caretaker coach, Phuthi Mohafe, is unsure about his future with the club despite guiding them away from relegation and potentially securing a top-eight finish in their final game of the season.

Mohafe has primarily served as an assistant coach throughout his career, both during his first stint at Polokwane and his time at Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM).

However, his role took a drastic turn in November when he was appointed as the caretaker coach following Lehlohonolo Seema’s resignation. This marked his first time leading a top-flight team.

The Limpopo-born coach has consistently stepped up whenever City needed a temporary replacement, and he seems interested in the permanent head coach position. “I’ve been here for a major part of my career,” Mohafe said. “Polokwane City is the team that gave me my breakthrough in the PSL. Whenever I’m given the opportunity to lead the team, I have to make myself available and express my willingness to help.”

While Mohafe expresses his readiness for the permanent head coach role, he acknowledges the challenges of coaching in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and recognizes that the ultimate decision rests with the club’s management. “The responsibility of who will lead the team next season lies with the administration and the board,” he said.

City’s recent form has been concerning. They have drawn their last three matches, including a goalless draw against Kaizer Chiefs in their most recent outing. The team has only managed two wins in their last ten games and hasn’t scored in their last five league encounters. Their only goal in this period came from a Rushine Dortley own-goal during their victory over Cape Town Spurs last month.

Mohafe, the former coach of the defunct Royal Eagles, has overseen 18 games in all competitions for Polokwane City. His record includes just four wins, seven losses, and seven draws. He hopes to secure the remaining top-eight spot to convince club chairman Johnny Mogaladi that he’s the right man for the job on a permanent basis. However, City faces stiff competition from Kaizer Chiefs, AmaZulu, Golden Arrows, and Chippa United, all vying for the same position.

Mohafe’s future with Polokwane remains unclear as they prepare to host TS Galaxy at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in their last game of the 2023/24 season on Saturday. The upcoming match will be crucial for his chances of convincing the club’s management to retain him as the head coach.

Article by Trevor Magoro

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