Bondarenko wants back in


The Russian, who has coached Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates, Moroka Swallows and Bush Bucks in South Africa, believes a distinct lack of pace is to blame for the dipping standard of PSL football.

“Since my return from Russia, the local matches I have watched have been so slow,” he says. “It seems there is no speed in football anymore. To me, football must be played at a fast pace so that it becomes enjoyable.”

Now 59, Bondarenko believes it is about time he made his return to South African football and bring some excitement to the game.

“I have the experience needed to coach in the country again and would like to get involved,” he says. “I’m available to take up a coaching job that is suited to how I coach. I have worked at the big cubs and I will also bring happy times to the next club I coach. When I coach a club I want them to be fighting for trophies and heading towards success.

“But I’ve realised that South African football has been stagnant – if not going down – over the last couple of years. That needs to change. We really need to work together in helping local football get back to where it should ahead of the World Cup. I have recharged enough to bring the positive style of coaching that is needed.”

The former Mozambique and one-time Dynamo Moscow technical advisor says he last coached the Russian military national team.