Tshakhuma Tsha Madzhivhandila appoint Erol Akbay as new head coach, David Mathebula's future in doubt


Tshakhuma Tsha Madzhivhandila have appointed a new head coach, casting doubt over David Mathebula's future with the club.

Netherlands-born Erol Akbay, who has worked with Zimbabwe Premier League giants Highlanders and Ngezi Platinum, replaces Serbian coach Moma Medic, who was sacked by the GladAfrica Championship side last month.

The 53-year-old, who did his internship with FC Twente, has signed until the end of the 2019/20 season and will be assisted by for Black Leopards player Lucky Nelukau.

However, former Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows midfielder Mathebula's future at Vhadau Vha Damani is now uncertain after he was appointed as co-coach last week.

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"The deal [for Akbay] is just for the remainder of the season and the mandate is to promote the team straight," club CEO Sello Chokwe tells snl24.com/kickoff.

"He is from Netherlands, he was coaching in Zimbabwe. Like you see in his CV he has done well, he was the Highlanders coach, he's won a couple of trophies, and he was also a strong competitor for the team that is dominating in Zimbabwe, that is FC Platinum.

"We realised we couldn't continue without a head coach. His assistant will be Lucky Nelukau. He is from here in Venda, he used to play for Black Leopards years back, and Bush Bucks. He is a legend, he is the only legend in Tshakhuma who has played professional football. So we decided to bring him on board to learn from the coach and help the team."

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Chokoe was asked what happened to the arrangement to have caretaker coach Phuthi Mohafe take the team forward with Mathebula.

"Phuthi Mohafe is a physical trainer now. David, since we talked to him, he never responded so for now we are still unclear. Because his issue was depending on the appointment of the coach first. So we are hoping. We haven't reached any sort of agreement."