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It's down to business for coach Michel

By unknown | Nov 10, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Linda Moreotsene and Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Linda Moreotsene and Ramatsiyi Moholoa

New Mamelodi Sundowns coach Henri Michel wasted no time in taking the players through their paces in Chloorkop yesterday, less than 24 hours after landing in the country.

Michel joined Sundowns after quitting Morocco soon after their dismal performance at the Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana in February.

The former Ivory Coast coach has brought along the usual team of assistant coach Mohammed Samir and fitness trainer Flourent Motta that works with him.

Motta landed from Paris and Michel arrived from Beirut on Saturday morning, while Samir arrived yesterday from Casablanca.

Samir will be remembered by locals as the man who worked with Phillippe Troussier at Bafana Bafana during the 1998 World Cup finals in France.

Michel said he was excited to be in the country that will host the 2010 World Cup and that he was here to work hard, but refused to comment further.

At a Sandton hotel on Saturday, and with Sowetan within hearing distance, his representative Jean-Marc Yango made calls to Sundowns officials Belinda Ndlovu (administrator) and Sizwe Gqogqo (masseur) to discuss various issues.

Sowetan caught up with Michel and Motta at the said hotel where the Premier Soccer League also held its elections.

At the same meeting, Michel also exchanged pleasantries with Jomo Sono, whom he first met during the 1998 Africa Cup of Nations in Burkina Faso.

"I know very little about South Africa except that the World Cup is coming here, but I will know more as from this week," said Motta.

"As for Sundowns, I saw the team when they lost to Bay United on television in France last Sunday. There are some good players [at Sundowns]."

Michel and Motta also watched the Telkom Knockout game between Free State Stars and Umlilo on television at the hotel.

Patrice Motsepe, Sundowns president, is expected to parade Michel and company at a media briefing this week.

At the same time, current coach Trott Moloto and his technical staff won't be fired as Motsepe plans to redeploy them. Moloto might be appointed joint assistant coach.


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