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Jan. 7, 2022

STAFF REPORTER

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Bantu appoint Tsutsulupa as Mafoso’s replacement

Bantu appoint Tsutsulupa as Mafoso’s replacement

New Bantu Head Coach, Thabo Tsutsulupa

Story highlights

  • The team failed to agree on a new contract with Mafoso
  • The highly rated Tsutsulupa previously worked as Liphakoe Head Coach

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DEFENDING Premier League champions, Bantu FC have confirmed the appointment of Thabo Tsutsulupa as the team’s Head Coach, following the departure of Bob Mafoso earlier this week.

The move comes a few days after the club announced that it had parted ways with its league winning Coach, Mafoso after the two parties failed to agree on a new deal.

The highly rated Tsutsulupa previously worked at Liphakoe and led the Quthing-based club to a Top-8 finish for the first time since returning to topflight football during the 2018/19 season.

The Manyatseng, Ladybrand-born mentor is also a former Kaizer Chiefs youth coach.

“Bantu FC part ways with Coach Bob Mafoso after failed negotiations on renewal of his contract,” A-Matšo-Matebele said in a statement.

“The club was more than eager and curious on continuing with his services, hence we had prolonged and patient negotiations with him. We acknowledge the phenomenal role Mr Mafoso played on the success of this club. The club therefore wishes to thank him for his services and wishes him nothing but fruitful future endeavours.”

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According to sources close to the top hierarchy of the team, the race for the vacant coaching job during a meeting held in Mafeteng on Wednesday was between Tsutsulupa and James Madidilane, who previously had a successful spell in charge of the club.

The team announced that Tsutsulupa would oversee the club until the end of the season.  

A-Matšo-Matebele have been going through a rough patch after returning to action with a loss to the LDF.  Several of their players have since not reported for camp after a long break brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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