NFD Focus: I Can’t Predict My Future
In this week's edition of Soccer Laduma, issue number 869, Sivutsa Stars’ co-coach, John Tlale, opens up about his club’s financial difficulties.
He also discusses the new chairman, Sbu Mpisane, as well as Duncan Lechesa and Roses United - with the NFD Focus brought to you by Lucky Star.
Following new owners, Sbu and Shawn Mpisane’s acquisition of NFD side, Sivutsa Stars, the former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, John Tlale, says he does not know what the future holds for him at the club.
After the financial difficulties previously endured at the club, Tlale, opened up to Soccer Laduma’s Peter Raath.
“It wasn’t easy. We had a financial crisis and that’s why I think the chairman, Derick Khoza, decided to sell the club. He had a lot of challenges and he didn’t want to one day regret losing everything.”
“In football you need to share certain responsibilities, so being alone was a strain. I found it a very tough task. Sometimes after working with the goalkeepers, I was already exhausted when the rest of the team came for training. Under those circumstances, you might make decisions which are not right, “he said.
Despite the club facing financial difficulties, Tlale did relatively well with Sivutsa Stars compared to last season.
“This was my first full season coaching in the NFD, and I’m proud of the way we managed to pull through. After losing our striker, Rendani Ndou, to Black Leopards, plus two defenders, Mareka Masoetsa and Thando Mdluli, I had to work with whoever I had. That included some players from the SAB fourth Division, and although the stage was too big for them, the boys managed to perform and compete amongst the best, “said Tlale.
Asked what he made of Duncan Lechesa joining the club as co-coach, he went on to comment saying,
“I wasn’t upset, as such, and am not angry. When a new boss takes over he usually brings in his own men. That’s part of the game. I don’t think I’m hurt because it’s for the good for the team. Now they’re in better a position to explore and play with confidence. I’m happy for them. What I like about Duncan is that he sat down with me to discuss the issues, which made it a lot easier. "
"I met Sbu Mpisane when the team was handed over to him. He told me to just relax and that I would be part of the plans for next season. For me it’s like going to a place where there are greener pastures, but you can only talk when you have a contract. For now, I’m happy sharing ideas with my co-coach. We’ll see what happens. I just pray and ask God to find the way for me. I can’t predict my future, “ Tlale further revealed.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns shot-stopper also said he is not amazed by the problems currently unfolding at Roses United.
“I’m not surprised. Their owner, Samuel ‘Max” Tshabalala, once said to me that football was just for fun, but you can’t say that. There’s no such thing - it’s a business. I was with him for three years and suffered a lot in the Vodacom Second Division. We won that league without salaries as I motivated the boys, which was the most difficult thing to do. I expected a lot from him, especially after promoting the team to a higher division, but then things changed suddenly when he fired me in front of everyone. “
“Considering the fact that I’d come far with ‘Max’, I’m very disappointed because he also still owes me a lot of money. Instead of paying me, he’s fighting the case. I’ve been through hell but am still in the game. I believe if I was still there, that we would be in the PSL now, “he concluded.
To read Moroka's full interview, check out edition 869 of Soccer Laduma on shelves now, page 26, with the NFD Focus brought to you by Lucky Star.