Former Mpumalanga Black Aces bosses Mario and George Morfou are back in football, having bought a franchise of Tornado FC in the ABC Motsepe League, after selling their Premier Soccer League status to John Comitis.
As reported in this week’s Soccer Laduma newspaper, Steve Barker has been appointed the head coach of the new club, owned by the former Aces bosses.
The club has been renamed Alexandra Black Aces. Barker will be expected to guide the team to promotion to the National First Division.
In issue 980 of Soccer Laduma it was reported that the Morfou brothers had purchased Tornado FC’s status in the third tier of South African football.
Having sold Aces’ PSL status to Comitis, who relocated the team to Cape Town and renamed it Cape Town City, the Morfou brothers have decided to return to football by buying a club of their own.
Although the Morfou brothers did sell their PSL franchise, they kept their esteemed academy. The academy will be used as a feeder team for their new-look team.
Apart from his new role as the coach of the first team, Barker will also be overseeing the club’s development structures, as confirmed by Mario Morfou.
“I’m excited to have a coach like Steve Barker who is now part of our setup, as he has vast experience in this type of structure, since he was at Tuks for so many years,” said Morfou.
Barker was previously the coach of AmaZulu in the NFD.
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He was relieved of his duties at the Durban-based side after their unsuccessful attempt to gain promotion back to the PSL last season.