Can two bulls stay in same Downs kraal?


As Mamelodi Sundowns fans welcome the contract renewal of coach Pitso Mosimane, a few questions were left unanswered following the appointment of a new technical director.

Jose Ramon Alexanko has been promoted from the club's head of youth to the head of the technical department in a similar role to the sporting director position he once held at Barcelona.

Alexanko arrived in the country last year October to take up a position as the director of academy and scouting for The Brazilians.

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However, while announcing his new appointment, Motsepe did not mention the role of the Spanish official in the senior team, raising suspicions that Mosimane will now report to the Head of Technical regarding his football activities.

"We are also excited that Jose Ramon Alexanko, who played for and captained FC Barcelona, has joined Mamelodi Sundowns as Head of Technical department," Motsepe said via video conference.

"He was also the Director of Football at LaLiga side Valencia CF. The youth academy as well as the senior team will benefit immensely from his vast experience and expertise."

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One of the local coaches who has been in the game for more than two decades at both junior and senior level says bringing two bulls into one kraal could bring problems.

"It depends where and why the head of technical department has been brought into the team," the coach, whose name shall remain anonymous, tells

"In South Africa the minute you bring a technical director in, it means he is after the coach's position.

"Those positions create uncertainty and make the coach work under pressure, especially when the role of the technical director has not been cleared up.

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"If the club is happy and well structured, the two positions can cross each others' paths and bring good results for the team.

"As long as the role doesn't threaten the coach's position, it can work. In other countries it works very well, and we still have to see if in South Africa it can work very well."

Orlando Pirates is another PSL team that reportedly operates with a head of technical in Stanley 'Screamer' Tshabalala.

On the other side of Soweto, football manager Bobby Motaung is known to control the transfer dealings at Kaizer Chiefs.

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