Aces give Mayoyo the boot

Matome Lebea

Matome Lebea

Mpumalanga Black Aces have terminated their one-year contract with head coach Innocent "Ayobayo" Mayoyo after the club's average display so far in the inland stream of the National First Division (NFD.

The termination of Mayoyo's contract was confirmed to Sowetan yesterday by Aces' spokesman, Thabo "T-bose" Moroape.

He said they have roped in former Free State Stars assistant coach Sammy Troughton as head coach.

"We terminated the contract based on the fact that he [Mayoyo] will not be able to deliver on the mandate of taking the team to the Absa Premiership," said Moroape.

"We value Mayoyo's contribution to the team and will sorely miss him. But for the sake of the team's progress we have to change and we wish him all the best.

"We believe that Sammy's experience and level of understanding of the NFD will bring stability and confidence into the team."

Mayoyo felt that the decision to axe him was a bit premature.

"If my mandate was to win the league and deliver the team to the Premiership, then I do not understand what more is expected as the team has played only eight of 21 matches.

"My understanding is that the league is won at the end of the season. Anyway, I have a reputation and career that I need to protect," said the former Dynamos and Winners Park coach.

He is confident he will get a coaching job soon with another NFD.

Troughton said: "I came here [to Aces] to get the best out of the players, to build their confidence and to deliver the team to the Premiership.

"The reason I left Stars is more about taking responsibility as a head coach than [being an] assistant."