Downs coach addresses Moriri issue


Mamelodi Sundowns reserve team coach David Notoane has commented on whether he will be handing over his reins to Surprise Moriri.

The past few weeks have been filled with several reports about the Masandawana camp, with a whisper circulating that club legend Surprise Moriri is set to take over as coach of the MultiChoice Diski Challenge team.

His colleague David Notoane, who was in charge in Umlazi last weekend, responded to those reports by saying he and Moriri are working very well together.

"I saw in the social media speculating, I'm not sure if it was from an official publication or not but now it's in print and electronic media saying Moriri has taken over," he said.

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"Well I want to assure you that we work closely together, we work hard everybody behind the scenes, whether I'm here or not, the programme continues. Everyone is working together, it's a collective from all the coaches in the club. If I'm not there there's guys who can continue with the programme."

Notoane says such reports can be damaging and hopes it is not something that is planned to destabilise the club.

"The Mamelodi Sundowns family is in a good space right now and of course we have to be worried about people who are trying to kill this harmony in our camp. Hopefully the intention was not malicious. Of course I'm looking forward to sitting in the stands to enjoy some coffee at some stage, allowing Moriri to run the show on the field."

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On coaching both the national team and Sundowns, Notoane says he is still in charge unless something changes, and he wouldn't hesitate to give Moriri an opportunity to shine if the club asks him to do so to be head coach. 

"It's always been official, unless I'm missing something, until the situation with Sundowns and the national team changes then as I said it's not about me it's about Sundowns' programme, hence I'm saying I look forward to sitting on the stands enjoying the game like you guys. Grow opportunities and share responsibilities."

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