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Stoitchkov: Downs players call me

Former Mamelodi Sundowns coach Hristo Stoitchkov loved his stay in South Africa

Posted: 31 March 2011 Time: 6:49 am

Former Mamelodi Sundowns coach Hristo Stoitchkov says that players at the Chloorkop-based side are still communicating with him, long after he departed the club in controversial circumstances in March last year. 

The Bulgarian legend was speaking at the Soccerex European Convention in Manchester, England, where he is part of a Professional Football Against Hunger delegation that also includes the likes of Patrick Viera (Manchester City).   The 1994 European Player of The Year said that he had a "very good relationship with my squad, you can tell from the way we played, and the results we were getting," he told KickOff.com through an interpreter.   Without divulging any names, the FC Barcelona icon said that "South African football is not great, but is improving in leaps and bounds and I mention this every time I talk to the players who call me - some of them call me every week."   Known for shooting from the hip, Stoitchkov will not be getting any calls from the top echelon at Sundowns any time soon, and he knows it.   "I left under some rather uncomfortable circumstances...let me rather say I know that I will not be getting any calls from Patrice Motsepe (the President), Trott Moloto (Chief Scout) or Kenneth Makhanya (Chief Executive)."   The man nicknamed 'The Dagger', however insisted that he had a "fantastic time in South Africa, and had one of the best squads I have ever managed in football - the players have a raw talent that has potential to go very far."   Asked which particular players impressed him most, the Bulgarian legend quipped that 'Katlego Mphela, Teko Modise, Elias Pelembe, Siboniso Gaxa and Siphiwe Tshabalala are pure gems who can hold their own in any top European League.'     Thapelo Moloantoa 

Article by: AN Other

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 07:04 am
man ur better off without those clows...thy thnk thy hav 2 league on their hands lol i thnk a clown will b a clown fool of tricks never trust a clown...2010/2011 absa priemier soccer league : orlando pirates
Anonymous
posted: 07:20 am
what a coach my team has ever employed.i still like him.
Swona Champ!
posted: 07:35 am
wonder what language are those players using when calling him, spanish? or engrish?
Ramon
posted: 07:46 am
the players can't speak English ....he can't speak it himself , how ??
S\'javo
posted: 07:51 am
Asked which particular players impressed him most, the Bulgarian legend quipped that 'Katlego Mphela, Teko Modise, Elias Pelembe, Siboniso Gaxa and Siphiwe Tshabalala are pure gems who can hold their own in any top European League.'

the man never coach Shabba and Teko but he can see their quality unlike some stupid sunkop and pierats fans who call shabba all sorts of names,like it or not shabba is heading to overseases cum end of season.
Anonymous
posted: 07:53 am
Sundowns management is out of order and it's a fact.
Anonymous
posted: 07:56 am
Masandawana must admit he was good coach but his language is problem..wonda who is calin him..maybe Mphela or the Brazilian player Eduardo - he can speak same languagewith him or maybe they also use interpter on da phone..
Anonymous
posted: 07:58 am
"I left under some rather uncomfortable circumstances"

so is Antonio Habas, your successor. Remeber when the supporters of Sunclowns attacked you in Bidvest Stadium? The night you were escorted by police? Habas was a victim of similar circumstance. But his was worse. To assist the SAPS, the Air force, the Navy and the ground army were called to the scene. That team is cursed, never set your foot again in that team if you still wanna live.
Ramon
posted: 08:00 am
the players can't speak English ....he can't speak it himself , how ??
Anonymous
posted: 08:13 am
I wish this guy could come back to Sundowns however, his return would mean that certain people in the administration will have to vacate their positions. the question is- is Motsepe willing to make those changes and also restructure the whole management including their roles at the club??? I don't see that change coming unless we as organisers get involved at branch level and speak with a unified voice against Trott, Makhanya and all of those who are holding the club backwards.
As much of a good player Xulu is, had it not been for Stoichkov- i doubt that the guy would be a wanted man in spain.
This guy is well respected for the way he played football- one of the best there was in his era so he definitely comes with some influence.
His association with sundowns again would be good for own young players and for south african football at large.
I'd really hate to see him go at pirates as it is rumoured that he is a wanted man at mayfair.
Sundowns needs a coach with an eye for the future, someone with contacts overseas- sorry but i don't see any local coach whose good enough for sundowns.
Anonymous
posted: 08:34 am
Is bernard parker coming back to s.a and if he is which team is he going I'd really like to know?
Bofolla Safety Belt Reja Joy Makhosi
posted: 08:36 am
You Stoitchkov together with Vermezovic brought in this country what we always needed. If you were still coaching Sundowns they would have been declared Champions by now.

I'm still baffled by my teams coach who once said the league will be descided by the last four games. How did he know? Since he's part of the biggest, successfull and most envied team he was labeled crazy. Now because the former leaders are way behind they believe it can be done. How typical!

Prepare for a magical finish to the current PSL season.
khosi baby!
posted: 08:46 am
i don't the former sundowns coach has been keeping track of the south african league,because if he was i don't think he would've put teko modise on dat least of players eligable enough to play in europe.
Anonymous
posted: 08:49 am
someone is dying microsost fc its a fact
AON
posted: 08:51 am
I am really perturbed by the standard of reporting that emanates from KickOff of late. What purpose does reporting on some Sundowns players calling Stoichkov almost every week have anything to do with anything? If one could borrow the politicians' term of a 'THIRD FORCE' aimed at destabilising the team, one should. Such reporting, whether factual or imagined, are going to course more harm than good - to ant team for that matter that might find itself under the spotlight, rightly or wrongly!! The insinuations that will arise from such reporting are countless and downright disruptive and sinister, especially at this crucial stage of the season. I guess Thapelo Moloantoa is just 'doing his job'. I wonder if Thapelo was or is actually attending the expo, or did he just glean the interview from some or other source? Makes one wonder about the QUALITY of reporting at such publications!!
Anonymous
posted: 09:04 am
He he he do they use isFanakalo lingo when they chat to him lol:)
Anonymous
posted: 09:28 am
Should it be not the interference from sundowns management and the so called president, sundowns could have won one of the major trophies this season especially the mtn8 which was won by fluke.
Stoitchkov together with Vermezovic brought what we wanted in this country, now here comes a dutch tactician with Bobby Solomon tactics in Gauteng, hell.
PLEASE DON’T Go to MAYFAIR because Mickey well tell you who to play, he will select the starting eleven for you my friend. It will be like jumping out of the frying pan to t
julyj
posted: 09:28 am
and how does he respond to their calls cause the last time i checked the brother couldnt speak ENGLISH.......... i mavunwa ntsena.
Anonymous
posted: 09:47 am
I just wonder how many of you can communicate fluently in english when you have to deal with overwhelming emotions at the same time.....
Stoichkov communicates rather well in english however he always had problems during post match interviews whenever he felt that his side was hard done by the referee.
Some of you where taught english whether it be first or second language but you stil struggle to make sense in your comments- that's your parents' hard earned cash gone to waste.
Amakhanda aqinile.
Tshwane Derby
posted: 09:51 am
The man nicknamed 'The Dagger', however insisted that he had a "fantastic time in South Africa, and had one of the best squads I have ever managed in football - the players have a raw talent that has potential to go very far."

The said it all Down$ got talent
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