CHAIRMAN’S OVERVIEW OF THE SEASON - PART TWO
7 June 2017
Maritzburg United Chairman Mr Farook Kadodia provides more insights and analysis of the season gone by, what lies ahead for the club, the importance of football as a Nation Builder, and an update with regard to the head coach position.
"We need to understand that stakeholders whether corporate, government or municipalities concerned, need to ensure that to promote Nation Building, football is the ideal tool to use.
We've proved it over the years since Maritzburg United was promoted, that Nation Building is one of the key elements where soccer plays its part. Over the years Maritzburg has portrayed exactly that, where all different cultures are supporting the team on matchday.
With regards to player personnel I think we needed to correct the issues of the previous season. We couldn't forget the drama of the last (2015/16) season where the club turned its fortunes in the last two or three games. We had to reflect on the last season to see exactly where our mistakes and problems were.
We realised that we needed leadership at the back, where we leaked goals at critical moments which always put us on the back foot. So we had to go to the market cautiously to see which players we could find that fit our criteria. Among them, two players that really added stability without any doubt was Denis Weidlich and Bevan Fransman. You needed captains at the back and they added that support.
Other players that we brought in added the values that we needed. Young players like Lebohang Maboe who excelled for us there. We had challenges in terms of injured players in Themba Tshabalala and Andrea Fillecia but towards the end of the season they recovered well. There is a high expectation to see them in the starting eleven and giving us the kind of performances that we expect.
It is our desire to make an announcement regarding the Head Coaching position within the next two weeks. There is pressure from many sectors of support and football people, understandably so with the kind of results that Fadlu has brought to the team. People need to understand that before making a careful decision, I have to sit with Coach Fadlu and I've got to support him.
He is a very young coach. He needs protection. We have promoted an assistant coach before and it didn't work out, so we need to be careful. There is a lot of positives for Coach Fadlu in the sense that he had two spells in the past season and in both spells he excelled, including being awarded Coach of the month in April. Getting him promoted as head coach has to be a process. We need to ensure that we provide him with necessary support so that he can continue with the work ethics that he has if he was to become head coach.
I believe he has a long road ahead as a football coach, and we would like that to be fulfilled properly. In football it's all about results. Coaches get fired because of lack of results. It's a hard performance driven job. We need to sit with Coach Fadlu, we need to be sure that he is comfortable in accepting the job. In that case we will have to make provision that he will have time to complete his UEFA A coaching licence which he is quite determined to complete. So all these factors need to be considered. He can be a high candidate for the Head Coach position."