Isaiah ‘Sthanda’ Mogwadi has finally returned to the Jungle Kings in a bid to help navigate the team’s ship to calmer waters following a difficult season. His eagerness to return to Police XI will not be deflected even if the 2005 premier league champions fail to qualify for next year’s Top 8 competition.
This publication has gathered that Maitumelo Letlaamoreng will make way for the former coach, and talks have already been finalised. Despite the club's very secret courting of the former coach in the aftermath of the fall of the outgoing gaffer, there remains the possibility that the team might be fighting relegation for the first time in many years. Mogwadi is understood to have been confident all along that he will return to the club where he spent a trophy-barren turbulent spell of a little over two seasons until 2013.
The possibility that Police XI, currently 11th in the Premier League may not qualify for this year’s Top 8 slot was never mooted as a potential obstacle to Mogwadi's return. While that could have serious and or little implications for the club's attempts to balance the books where finances is sometimes an issue, sources close to the negotiations have suggested Mogwadi was never actually discouraged from coming and considered the situation at Police XI as an even greater challenge.
Yet, having said to have let sleeping dogs lie with BDF XI management, other obstacles still need to be cleared if his desire to return to a club where people appreciate change and let patience lead the way, as he once stated after winning the league 12 long years ago. But principal among his concerns is the amount of power he would be permitted to wield at the army side. It remains to be seen whether Mogwadi will feel he is able to accept the Police XI hierarchy, despite the conceding that further significant squad strengthening will take place after departures in the coming window.
Police XI has already publicly addressed the coach situation and have said: “Police XI Football club has taken a decision to replace Maitumelo Letlaamoreng with Isaiah Sthanda Mogwadi as the team head coach with immediate effect. Mogwadi will be assisted by Ndiyapo Letsholathebe and Summer Ncube. The club and Letlaamoreng mutually agreed recently to part ways in the best interest of the team. He became Police XI head coach following the retirement of Mogwadi on 4th June 2014.”
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For the first time after eons, football clubs plying their trade in the elite league are walking in the shadow of the undefined with nothing concrete agreed and on sight before the commencement of the football season.