PSL coaches skating on thin ice


After another round of Absa Premiership matches, there are a few coaches who are living on borrowed time.

Black Leopards coach Lionel Soccoia is under tremendous pressure. He was given a top squad with players such as Cuthbert Malajila, Thuso Phala and Thabo Matlaba, but things are not working out quite yet, despite them playing some good football. He is new to South African football and will need more time to settle, but clubs like Leopards don’t always give coaches time. Lidoda Duvha has registered just one win in five matches.

AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson is feeling the most heat at the moment, with Usuthu having lost three and drawn two of the matches they have played. Currently bottom of the standings, they have not won an Absa Premiership match since April. They’ve conceded seven goals and scored just two so far this season, which is a big concern for the former Platinum Stars and SuperSport United coach. They salvaged a point against KZN rivals Golden Arrows over the weekend.

Just above AmaZulu on the standings is Stellenbosch, who are having a difficult start to the campaign despite bringing in experienced campaigners. Head coach Steve Barker could be forgiven because he is trying to find new combinations after bringing in new players, but dropping points week after week cannot be good for the confidence of the players. Stellies suffered their third defeat of the campaign on Sunday, squandering a lead in a 2-1 loss to Bloemfontein Celtic.

Eric Tinkler may have saved Maritzburg United from relegation last season, but things have not started well for him and the club will no doubt be putting him under pressure to turn things around, or face being axed. Without a win in four matches, the Team of Choice has scored just one goal thus far. They’ve acquired the services of Jeremy Brockie from Mamelodi Sundowns for the season and they need him to rediscover the scoring touch he had while on the books of SuperSport United. Maritzburg were not in action during the past weekend, giving Tinkler more time to prepare for their next match, which is against defending champions Sundowns.

Clinton Larsen is without a win in five matches at the helm of Chippa United.