By Sibusiso Masilela | 2020-03-26
SOCCER - SOUTH African coach Dan ‘Dance’ Malesela has reportedly turned down a move to Mbabane Highlanders following the coronavirus outbreak.
The former Chippa United and TS Galaxy coach was reportedly approached by the club to join them in the current campaign but the move has since hit a snag due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The SA coach was more than willing to join the ‘Black Bull’.
A source close to the matter revealed that the coach was approached to join the team during a meeting held in South Africa recently.
“The team showed huge interest in Malesela and he was recently approached to join them due to his experience in the game but the deal was not concluded,” the source said.
Malesela confirmed the interest from the capital city giants when contacted yesterday. “Someone from Highlanders recently approached me to join them but I was only available to join them this season.
However, the move will not happen anytime soon following to the outbreak of the coronavirus. I was ready to join the team this season,” Malesela said.
Highlanders CEO Melusi Dlamini said the team had not yet declared a vacancy for the head coach position when reached for comment.
“We are not yet in a process of recruiting a new coach until the end of the season where we would map a way forward as a team,” he said.
The Orlando Pirates legend last season led GladAfrica Championship side TS Galaxy to their 2019 Nedbank Cup glory where they beat Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs in the finals.
Meanwhile, former Highlanders mentor and current Malawi national team coach Meck Mwase recently expressed a desire to re-join the capital city giants.
The black and white ensemble are currently under the guidance of Sitsebe Samhlekazi coach Dumisani ‘Du’ Makhanya, who replaced former Mbabane Swallows and Manzini Wanderers gaffer Thabo ‘Koki’ Vilakati about three weeks ago.
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