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Folz Breaks Silence On New Job With Wenger

Former Marumo Gallants and AmaZulu coach Romain Folz has landed himself a new job, this time working with Arsene Wenger in FIFA’s High-Performance department.

Folz, 33, arrived in the Premier Soccer League as the youngest coach in the league at the age of 31 with Marumo Gallants and resigned after just six games, citing interference from management.

But it was enough for AmaZulu to chase the French-Moroccan coach, where he spent the rest of the season before President Sandile Zungu moved him to a Technical Director role in what appeared as a toxic dressing room based on the opinions of his predecessors.

He’s since left – Gallants albeit having reached the CAF Confederation Cup last four, were relegated, Usuthu, depending who you ask – have yet to reach the heights expected of them and Folz after a short stint with African giants Horoya has been roped into FIFA.

“I’m now contracted and working for FIFA, which was my original plan immediately after leaving South Africa, as they have been in touch with me for quite some time now,” he told iDiski Times in an exclusive interview.

“I’m proud to be part of such a huge organisation, of course, I have a previous role. I’m now working with Federations and National teams to develop and make football better around the world.

“I am honoured and appreciate the fact they showed great desire to hire me and count me in their ranks. I admire Arsene Wenger and wanted to be part of his project in the FIFA High-Performance department.”

You can read Folz’s full interview in this week’s iDiski Times digital paper, edition 135, available for free on our website.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.