Suspended Marumo Gallants FC head coach Dan Malesela says there are individuals within the local game who have made it their mission to prevent him from being employed at certain clubs.
Malesela was replaced as head coach with Gallants rock bottom of the DStv Premiership standings after a poor run of results.
The former Chippa United coach is now claiming that there are external factors and influencers at play that are denying him from attaining employment elsewhere at rival clubs.
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"The biggest reason why a person like me would not get jobs somewhere else or something like that," Malesela tells KickOff.
"It's because sometimes where I work, I'm a threat to people, and not particularly the bosses.
"I'm not a threat because I'm doing something to people, I'm a threat because I'm too strict at my job.
"When it comes to working, I require professionalism because it got to do with too many lives.
"There was a rumour that there was a game that I sold and all of that, and some people will say things about me and all of that because people are always looking for something on me.
"If you ask anybody at any particular club that I've coached, and ask them if I've ever been late for work, or I said I'm not coming to work because of this and that.
"I'm always at work, I never sit down at work, I'm always hands-on.
"But because of my strictness and discipline towards my work people always try to find ways of discrediting me.
"They will go on even to tell potential clubs that I'm supposed to coach to say, 'don't take him because he does this and that.'
"People know that if I coach a club with resources not as limited as the clubs I've coached because the clubs I've coached all have their own challenges of resources.
"So many times I had to make a plan for how we need to handle camps, how we need to go to matches and appease the players when they get angry.
"If I was a criminal, I'd probably be in jail a long time ago because I would confess. And that's how straight I am.
"Nobody will sit and not rubbish you when they know you are a threat.
"I do not know pubs or clubs or anyone in Polokwane who can claim they are my friends.
"Not anyone in PE who would claim they are my friends, and no one even at TS Galaxy who will claim they are my friends.
"I've probably been to five semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup and two finals. I'm counting Chippa United as well because they fired me when we were in the semi-finals.
"How can a person who is selling games or a drunkard manage all of that?
"Instead of helping Dan Malesela grow you are putting him down with your lies.
"But here the people they trying to rubbish me because they know there won't be an interrogation between us. And I don't have the platform to reply.
"It's very painful when people do that, and I can't answer for myself because people are tarnishing my image and destroying my career to potential employers."
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