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Mammila Confirms Baroka Future

Morgan Mammilla has confirmed that he will continue as head coach of Baroka FC next season in the Motsepe Foundation Championship.

Mammilla was brought in to oversee the promotional playoffs after Dan Malesela was suspended for allegedly trying to sell players to other clubs.

Baroka finished the playoffs campaign at the bottom of the mini league log after picking up just two points in their four games, but it seems the club’s management believe they can get back into the top flight under the former Chippa United and Moroka Swallows coach, as first reported by SABC Sport.

This will be Mammila’s second stint with the side, having served on the administration side before they were promoted to the DStv Premiership the first time and for some time during their stay in topflight.

“The chairman has found it fit for me to continue with the team Mammilla,” told IDiski Times.

“And one thing for sure it’s an honour when a brother has trust and faith in me that we can do it again, take the team to the PSL together. We did it first time so why not the second time.

“If you look at these promotional things, people are repeating themselves. The likes of Peter Koutroulis, he has done it twice although he was not coaching but because he was there.

“Steve Barker has done it twice, the chairman of Richards Bay was there when Thanda was promoted and he was there when Richards Bay was promoted. I was there when Baroka was promoted, so why not. We will give it our best one thing for sure.”

The former Chippa United Technical Director was asked about the terms of the agreement for this spell and he said the involved parties’ main focus is promotion and not contracts.

“There is no agreement in family business. There is no contract in family business,” continued Mammila.

“I’m working for family, we don’t discuss a lot of things. We are talking about what’s the best for both of us which is promotion. That’s where we are focusing.”

Last week Bakgaga released a list of players who be leaving the club and Mammilla added that he is at the COSAFA Cup in Gqeberha to scout for talent, as they need to make additions.

“I personally think there is a need for us to add few players,” he added.

“That’s what I’m working on, hence you see me now I’m at COSAFA trying to see if I can get what I want and what I think will help us get promotion.”

Mammilla also revealed that Baroka’s pre-season will start in two phases next month to give players who have played more than 20 matches and in the playoffs a longer break.

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.