Baroka chairman Khurišhi Mphahlele has confirmed the contracts of coaches Kgoloko Thobejane and Matsimela Thoka will not be renewed.

Baroka were relegated from the DStv Premiership to the GladAfrica Championship, also known as the National First Division (NFD), last weekend after they lost 1-0 to Maritzburg United.

The defeat at Harry Gwala Stadium left Baroka at the bottom of the log standings while Swallows FC were dragged into the promotion play-offs in second-last position.

“Luckily Kobola is willing to stay with us and this is a huge plus for us,” Mphahlele said.

“With regards to Kgoloko and Matsimela, there is no longer going to be MDC [the reserve league] in the NFD and they were working there when this season ended. When their contracts come to an end they will make plans and seek greener pastures elsewhere. We can’t keep people here for not doing anything.”

Thoka had been replaced as head coach by Thobejane in November. Both were kept within Baroka’s coaching structures. 

Thobejane’s colourful post-match press conferences in his three stints as Baroka head coach often had the country in stitches.

His immortal comment that “football can kill you a real death” after a 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates in 2017 has become a catchphrase in SA football.

Baroka’s handling of player contacts will also need a careful balancing act. Mphahlele admitted there would have to be departures and promotions of a few players from the reserve team.


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