NFD: The coaches

There are some top coaches plying their trade in the NFD; we take a brief look at the men in charge of the 16 National First Division clubs’ prospects.

AmaZulu - Joey Antipas

Zimbabwean Antipas won the league in his home country with unfancied Chicken Inn (he also won in previously with Motor Action in 2010) before making the move to AmaZulu in May this year.

Black Leopards - Sello Chokoe

Jairos Tapera began the season as the Lidoda Duvha coach, but was recently replaced by former Baroka FC coach Sello Chokoe on what the club say is in interim basis for the time being.

Cape Town All Stars – Head coach position currently unfilled

All Stars have parted ways with two coaches this season – Professor Ngubane and Patrick Mabedi. Former Moroka Swallows coach Greg Etafia together with Phuti Mohafe are the two men currently on the bench while the club searches for a permanent replacement.

FC Cape Town – Johnny Ferreira

Ferreira is in his second spell at the club, having helped theim gain promotion in 2010. He arrived in December 2015 for his second stint and recently signed a two year extension. Amongst his former achievements was helping Witbank Black Aces beat Kaizer Chiefs in the Bob Save Super Bowl back in 1993.

Jomo Cosmos - Jomo Sono

The most experienced coach in the PSL and the NFD by a mile, club owner Jomo Sono remains as passionate as ever about being right in the thick of the action and is looking to bounce back after being relegated from the Absa Premiership on the last day of last season.

Magesi FC - Shepherd Murape

Magesi have just switched coaches, with the experienced Zimbabwean mentor Shepherd Murape taking over from long-serving head coach Jackie Ledwaba after what has been a tough start to life in the First Division for the Limpopo rookies.

Mbombela United - Vusi Mkhatshwa

The 49-year-old Mkhatshwa is into his third season with his home-town club. He arrived shortly before the end of the 2014/15 campaign, assisting the team to gain promotion from the Second Division. He then took the Mpumalanga club to within a whisker of gaining promotion to the Absa Premiership as they made it to the 2015/16 promotion play-offs last season, but lost out to Highlands Park.

Milano United - Boebie Solomons

The vastly experienced and respected Boebie Solomons is in his second year as head coach at the club where it all started for him before he went on to coach at clubs such as Santos, Black Leopards, Bidvest Wits, Bloemfontein Celtic and Cape Town All Stars.

Mthatha Bucks - Velile Dyaloyi

Dyaloyi came in midway through last season for Bucks and stabilised what at times had appeared a sinking ship, the former Chippa United man having inherited a team which had been marooned in the relegation zone for a large portion of the season. A storming end to the season saw Bucks escaping the drop and Dyaloyi has for the most part seen them doing the same this season.

Real Kings – Simo Dladla

Dladla, a former PSL forward, has been with Kings since their inception in 2013, helping the KZN club gain promotion from the Second Division last season. Dladla has further added to his credentials after overseeing flying start to Kings’ first season in the NFD – they are currently in seventh position.

Royal Eagles - Kosta Papic

Papic took charge as head coach in April last year and started his first full season in charge for the current campaign. After a slow start, Eagles are now flying high under the former Orlando Pirates, Maritzburg United, Polokwane City and Black Leopards coach and are playing the kind of free-flowing, high goal-scoring football that the Serb is renowned for.

Santos - Zeca Marques

Marques is into his second full season with the Peoples’ Team, the Porto-born Marques’ CV including an MTN8 winners’ medal while in charge of Moroka Swallows, where he worked for many years as assistant coach and head coach. The 55-year-old has also had stints at Bidvest Wits and Black Leopards.

Stellenbosch FC - Sammy Troughton

Troughton has considerable experience in the NFD from his days at AmaTuks as well as Black Aces. The Northern Ireland-born 52-year-old once represented Mamelodi Sundowns and Jomo Cosmos in his own playing days. He took over at Vasco da Gama in March this year and made the transition with the club when they became Stellenbosch FC. And to date he is overseeing a fine season, the club from the Winelands currently in second position.

Thanda Royal Zulu - Roger Sikhakhane

Roger Sikhakhane is into his first full season at the club, having joined back in February and helped stave off relegation last season. This is the 40-year-old’s second spell at Thanda, having previously coached at Chippa United.

University of Pretoria - Shaun Bartlett

Former Bafana Bafana striker Shaun Bartlett was responsible for getting Golden Arrows promoted to the Absa Premiership two seasons ago. He then departed for AmaTuks, but was unfortunately not able to keep the club up in the top flight. He’s now in his second season with the Tshwane side.

Witbank Spurs – Themba Mafu

Mafu is a passionate footballing man, and has poured a lot of energy and resources into the Witbank club in his role as both chairman and head coach. The 46-year-old has occupied this position on a full-time basis since October 2014.