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Baroka FC CEO Morgan Mammila admits demoting Kgoloko Thobejane was a mistake

Posted: 18 June 2017 Time: 12:28

Baroka FC CEO Morgan Mammila says the club regrets demoting head coach Kgoloko Thobejane to assistant in place of Jacob Sakala earlier this year.

Sakala was brought in to help the struggling club in January as Thobejane made way, only for the former to be dismissed in April, with Thobejane and Milton Dlamini – now also dismissed – taking over thereafter.

Under Thobejane’s guidance, Baroka safely navigated the promotion/relegation play-offs, culminating in a 1-1 draw with provincial rivals Black Leopards on Saturday to preserve their top-flight status.

Yet club CEO Mammila admits demoting Thobejane shouldn’t have happened in the first place.

"If you remember very well, we demoted Kgoloko after we had brought in Jacob Sakala, and I think yes, we regret it, that was a bad decision from the part of management," Mammila tells

"If you look at the way the team played under Milton, and the way the team played under Thobejane: under Milton, the team started scoring, but the play was not up to scratch; we were always pumping balls forward, and we rushed things. But when Kgoloko took over on his own again, his first match was a win. We played the Baroka way under him, the Baroka game."

Mammila says although his team managed to keep their Absa Premiership status, he is not entirely happy as he believes they should not have been involved in the play-offs at all.

"We are PSL material, and you are going to see the best of this team this coming season,” he said. But here's no celebration … yes, I'm happy, but I will never celebrate winning these kind of games. I'm a man of competition, not of playing to save a PSL status."

Article by: Sipho Mlotha
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