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‘How Magesi Can Avoid Being Like CT Spurs’

Magesi FC Technical Director Peter Koutroulis says he wouldn’t want to see the newly promoted side become like Cape Town Spurs by spending just one season in the DStv Premiership.  

Magesi were automatically promoted to topflight football from the Motsepe Foundation Championship with two matches to spare, and closed off the season with a 2-2 draw against Venda Football Club at the old Peter Mokaba Stadium this past weekend.

Koutroulis boldly predicted before the season kicked off that Magesi would gain automatic topflight promotion. He says he knows what will help them stay in the elite division, giving an example with Spurs who were relegated back to the championship, ironically with two matches left to play after gaining promotion to the premiership last season.

Though he could not confirm if he’ll still be with Dikwena Tsa Meetse when the 2024/25 DStv Premiership season gets underway, Koutroulis confirmed that he will have a meeting with the club boss to discuss what is needed to preserve their topflight status, something he has achieved at Chippa United.

“I have a meeting with the chairman this week and the news will come out but what I’m saying to you is that PSL is not NFD,” Koutroulis told the media.

“In the PSL you need more good structure, you need the right players and you can keep the club there. Look what is happening today, we don’t need here to look like Cape Town Spurs.

“When I joined Chippa and we promoted them, Chippa said to me ‘Peter you have all the freedom, fix the team for PSL’. And I did it, four-and-a-half years there, I’m the longest person there and until now Chippa is playing in the PSL.

“Now I will speak with the chairman, have a meeting and I will tell him everything. It’s up to him, he can find somebody but at the end of the day it’s his money and his club but I’m very happy for the chairman.

“He gave me freedom in the NFD, now if you don’t have 100% the right players, the right structure in the PSL in all departments not only the coach and the players but all departments must be professionals.”

Koutroulis also offered a word of advice for his chairman on how different the PSL is compared to the Motsepe Foundation.

“The PSL is a top league and he must be careful, if you lose the first five, six games you are done,” he added.

In closing, Koutroulis equally lauded the club’s supporters as well as the Limpopo Province, saying: “I’m so happy for the supporters and I’m happy also for the province we have three PSL clubs. This province need to be a challenge for all the other clubs.”

Already boasting the experienced coach Clinton Larsen, Magesi also have former PSL players like Diamond Thopola, Deolin Mekoa, Elvis Chipezeze, Edmore Chirambadare and Rhulani Manzini in their ranks who aided the club in their quest for PSL promotion.

Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago is currently working as a web and newspaper writer for iDiski Times. This award-winning sports journalist covers the Limpopo area and also specialises in coverage of women's football, including Banayana Banyana.