Kgomo heads for softball pay day

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Tommy "TK" Kgomo is set to rewrite another chapter in softball history by becoming the first paid coach in domestic softball.

This is if he accepts an offer from Seleteng Giant Killers' sponsors who are courting the multiple championship-winning coach.

Kgomo made history when he became the first black coach to be appointed Softball South Africa (SSA's) senior national squad head coach three months ago.

Guillo "S'Dumo" Marapyane, SSA's president, told Sowetan yesterday that according to their records no coach has been on the payroll of their affiliates.

Khurushi Mphahlele, managing director of African Metre Readings, Killers' sponsors, confirmed they were talking to the celebrated mentor in a move to lure him back to Seleteng.

"We are prepared to pay him for his services and we will go all out to get him," said Mphahlele, who would not reveal how much they intend to pay Kgomo.

Kgomo, who helped Killers to sweep the boards in 2004-05 season before returning to Mahwelereng Spikes the following season, said yesterday his move to the GaMphahlele side will depend on the offer they put on the table.

"If it [the offer] is good then I will join them, but for now nothing has been finalised. I'm taking things slowly and I will not rush to make a decision that I will regret later," added the wily mentor.

Irish "Coffee" Mphahlele, Killers' brand manager, said their executive committee was still to decide if they needed reinforcement in their technical staff.

Though Mphahlele insisted current coach Sello Rampedi was staying put, Sowetan understands the provincial men's head coach was heading to Spikes.

Spikes and Killers made headlines last week after Spikes' title defence in Seshego on Sunday.

Killers players refused to receive runners-up medals, arguing that they still have a pending case against Spikes. The matter will be decided at the Limpopo Softball Association's council meeting next month.

Meanwhile, Lebowakgomo Wildbeasts are likely to lose head coach Kgabo Manamela to strugglers Seshego Cannons .