Moloto arrives at Sundowns


According to a report on the Brazilians’ website, Moloto, one of the most talented home-bred coaches who been at the helm of Bafana Bafana in the past, will be unveiled and introduced to players in Chloorkop today.

With no success in their Caf continental campaign and only one win and two draws in five League games, pressure for improved results must be mounting on the four-time League winning coach and the arrival of Moloto, a former Moroka Swallows’ defender, may ease his burden.

Moloto has a proved track record, having transformed a relatively unknown Ratanang Maholosiane and developed Daniel ‘Mambush’ Mudau into one of the most feared strikers in the League since 1990.

“Gordon has been talking to me for close to a year now,” Moloto says. “But I could not join him as I was busy with a number of personal issues, including a television career with Supersport that had just taken off and that was for me a new and exciting environment which I wanted to pursue.

“However, on Friday and after lengthy talks, I finally agreed to join. I have always respected Igesund and I don’t think he has won four League championships with four different teams by fluke. He has proved his pedigree and brings with him a certain degree of professionalism and enthusiasm to the game.

“I am very excited about this opportunity and will do everything in my power to add value to the Sundowns brand. Fortunately, we share a lot of things in common and hopefully together we shall be able to take the brand to a different level.”

Moloto is no stranger to the culture of Sundowns, having played and later coached and eventually became an assistant to Stanley “Screamer” Tshabalala during the turbulent and colorful 1980’s.

Cavin Johnson, who has been assistant to Igesund on a caretaker basis for nearly eight months during which they won both the league championship and the SAA Supa 8 Cup, returns to his original post as Head of Youth Development.

“Johnson has always acted as my assistant on a temporary basis but in the meantime, we got so busy with the League programme that I think the Youth Development was neglected,” says Igesund.

“Any team’s youth structure is vital in the survival of any team anywhere in the world. I am looking forward to a time, at least two years from now, when we shall be able to bring up our own youth players that we have developed through our own structures. Hopefully Johnson will now take charge of the Youth Development and revitalize it,” he adds.