Coach accuses owner of picking team

GladAfrica Championship

Ex-Tshakhuma Tsha Madzhivhandila coach Erol Akbay claims blatant interference from the club owner forced him into resigning after just 36 days.

The Dutch coach tendered his resignation on Tuesday and follows former Orlando Pirates assistant coach Moma Medic in leaving the GladAfrica Championship club in controversial circumstances.

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Medic was sacked in September for allegedly breaking NFD rules and was then left unpaid for three months. He eventually won his case to be paid the outstanding money and has now joined Royal Eagles.

Now it appears the same thing is happening to Akbay, who says TTM owner Lawrence Mulaudzi was selecting the team and has not paid him either following his exit.

"The last game the coach was actually him [Mulaudzi] rather than me, because he decided which players have to play. He decided which players have to be out," Akbay tells KickOff.com.

"And the assistant coach [Lucky Nelukau] was doing what he was telling... because the assistant coach is his friend. The owner he decided everything, even the substitution he was to decide in the last game, everything.

"Ja these things I cannot accept there of course. Because what he wants to do is... I had my first 18 team already on the list, and behind my back the owner put one player in, putting the other player out.

"Also in the first eleven he put the player I have already out of the team, he put him in the first eleven. I don't know, he was saying something on the telephone to my assistant, and my assistant put another number to change my players.

"At the time I think no, no, no good luck with this. I cannot accept this. I won the two matches and the last one I cannot say is my decision, which means I did not lose that game. It was two games."

Akbay is currently stuck in Limpopo with no money to leave as he awaits payment from the club for the remaining two months.

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"They have to pay me out but now the owner is running away, the CEO [Sello Chokoe] is running away, the managers are running away... everybody is running away," he reveals.

"I'm still waiting for them to handle their money issue. But they are running away everyone, and now I'm staying here the three days. Only one manager was coming here to take my car, I said to him 'for what you come to take the car, nobody is here to make a plan so go where you want to go'.

"And tomorrow I think I must to go to the PSL to ask if it's okay, what do I have to do now? I can't wait here every day and they are not paying me any salary, they are not paying me any bonus.

"Every day I'm staying here in this house it costs me of course a lot of money... there is no television, there is no internet, there is nothing you know.

"Ja it's two months salary and the tickets to Netherlands so I can go back home, and a winning bonus. That's what they have to pay and then I go."

Despite all their off-field shenanigans, TTM are in fifth place on the GladAfrica Championship log with 15 points from 10 matches.

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