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Zapata takes over from Rosslee at Mpumalanga Black Aces

Posted: 7 December 2011 Time: 08:14

Mpumalanga Black Aces have appointed Rodolfo Zapata as their new first team coach to fill the void left by Craig Rosslee’s departure.

The Argentinean has signed a six-month contract, with club owner Mario Morfou saying: “I’m delighted that Rolo is joining us to coach the first team squad. His international experience and winning attitude can benefit our organization.”

Zapata guided Nigerian club Sunshine Stars to the CAF Confederation Cup this season, and has also worked with the USA Olympic Development Program in New York.

“People say there are winners and losers in life,” Zapata says. “But typically, it’s more like this: there are winners, and there are people who would like to be winners but don’t know how to do it.

“Intelligent and talented people who are motivated can learn how to become winners if they have someone who will teach them.”

Aces have only managed three wins, three draws and seven loses in the National First Division this season, leaving them in 11th place after 13 games.

“I need to set short-term goals and strategic priorities. Situations and circumstances change so quickly in football. We can win if we work smart and hard enough.”

Article by: KICK OFF

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 08:43 am
This is the same Roslee who talked kak when he left Bucs, now let him burn for my liking.
posted: 09:02 am
Amazing, people should learn that you don't talk badly about Pirates and be succesful wherever you go.Rosslee must apologise to bucs
Mokete Sethunya
posted: 09:18 am
Apologise for what?? Silly rats
posted: 09:27 am
Mokete 7.0: 2011-12-07 09:18 [ Report ]

Apologise for what?? Silly rats

@ Mokete, i like that Question, let mi ask again for what, he said what he had to say and that do not need any apologe....being shifted as KICKOFF put it doesnt necessarily mean Roslee is a Bad coach, the LAD is not a bad at all and if u know futbal adn u've been follow ACES. we all know how they chose to run the team. if ROL ON (new coach) will be gone before 6 mnths/...... remember Dolezar saga?

posted: 10:13 am
it shows that talk is cheap,lets hope that rosslee learned his Lesson.rise juju rise ,phansi macufe treble champs phansi
posted: 11:37 am
Is comrade Zapata Indian?
LUNCH BAR *obvious*
posted: 11:53 am
This Zahara chap is he a Bold and the Beautiful star or a soccer coach? He look very suspecious!

Anyway, I think my home team is losing it again, for appoint a palloka for a short-term gain...Aces will always remain in my heart but poor leadership decision will always sink it!

Maybe is about time Witbank Spurs play some serious football and get prompted to PSL as well.
Dooba (Glory Reclaimed)
posted: 12:25 pm
All this time Aces is still clueless, firing coaches left, right and centre? So i GUESS now they will accept that they are clueless when coming to running a professional club... i mean what happened to bachelor and Kungwane, the Tso of this world and kaofela kgashakgasha e useless?
posted: 07:40 pm
And this verysame clown cried to steer my ship, yerrr we would've had sinked long time ago with this clown coach, yeses such a short stint and already pushed to the back, what embarrassment but jah you spit kak about my chairman and our team, you become a hobbo, just like many before him.
posted: 05:07 pm
its goner take too much time for zapata to understant mzansi NFD game.hence what Aces are doing its not different when they signed many players & ended up being relegated with too many coaches.The future looked doomed for my beloved team.
posted: 07:38 pm
He will not last 3 months. This club is so disfunctional it is competing with Black Leopards for best f*ckups in Management. If you have players that have not been developed since the age of 10, then not even Mourinho can win with such players.
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