The hunt for a new coach has intensified at Gaborone United (GU) this week after they team lost its head coach and his assistant. The team is now racing against time to appoint the technical team before the start of the season as they are without one. Dragojlo Stanojlovic (the head coach) was fired in the early days of the New Year while Oris Radipotsane (the assistant) parted ways with the club on Wednesday.
There are heightening reports that GU are bringing in a very experienced Dutch coach Martinus Nooij into the country. Nooij, a former Tanzania senior national team coach, has worked in Africa for over decade. Others linked to the club is Mochudi Centre Chiefs gaffer Mike Sithole. GU executive committee met this week to discuss the restructuring that is going on at the club. However, they remain mum on who they will be bringing in. The club’s secretary General City Senne could only say the search for a coach is on-going.
“We have decided at the meeting that we will not say anything about this matter until it is closed,” said Senne. He said a press release about the current restructuring will be issued soon. However, sources say an announcement of a new coach is expected to be made next week. The source said this is because the team is currently without a technical team. It is still unclear why Radipotsane left the club. The former Jwaneng Galaxy tactician joined GU last year following his sacking at the diamond mine team. He has been linked with a move to a number of clubs among them Debswana First division North Sua Flamingo.
However, GU chairman was quoted in the media saying Drago was sacked because of poor the performance. GU are currently at position seven in the league with only 16 points; they have also been knocked out of the Mascom Top 8 tournament. Reports are that goalkeeper coach Thabo Motang may as well be on his was out as the management is looking to bring in a totally new technical team. GU have always been marred by coaching problems. Drago took up the coaching position three months ago, replacing Zambia Rahman Gumbo.