Rollers target foreign coach

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 05 July 2017   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang

BTC Premiership defending champions Township Rollers’ hunt of a new coach is nearly over. The club is expected to unveil a new foreign coach in a fortnight. Rollers secretary general Khumo Masonya confirmed that the club has shortlisted three people for the top position and they are all foreign coaches. The three men are expected to be in the country for interviews this week. Masonya refuted reports that they have already hired a coach. “I can confirm that we shortlisted three coaches for the position and we are expecting them in for interviews this coming week,” said Masonya. He could not disclose the nationalities of shortlisted coaches. This comes after reports broke this week that Rollers have appointed a Serbian coach to take on the reigns at the club. The Serbian allegedly is among those shortlisted. Masonya said he does not know why people said Rollers had hired the said coach, but assumed it could be because they had to apply for a Visa for one of them. “I do not know why but maybe it is because since the said guy needed a Visa to come here and some concluded that we had hired him,” he said. Meanwhile preparations for the coming season have already started at Rollers as the team gears up to defend its title. Masonya said the team reported back on Thursday and went through medical checks. Training is expected to start next week. With Rollers bringing in a new coach, it looks like the bar has been set very high for him this coming season. Masonya said they aim to defend the BTC championship as well as win the Top 8 cup. “We are also looking to go to CAF champions league and at least reach the quarterfinals,” said Masonya. These are likely going to be the new coach’s targets. Masonya said Mogomotsi Mpote will be reverting back to his former position as the club’s assistant coach. Mpote has led Rollers to successfully defend their championship after the departure of Mark Harrison.