A recent run of poor performances has led to Police XI Football Club parting ways with their head coach, Maitumelo Junior Letlaamoreng.
On Monday, two days after the club lost 2-1 to Black Forest, Police’s management called an emergency meeting in which they mutually reached an agreement with Letlaamoreng to end their deal.
The Jungle Kings have won just three of their last 12 matches – a run that sees them currently occupying tenth place in the table, three points behind eighth-placed Mochudi Centre Chiefs with just five games of the season left to play.
The club has engaged the services of their former coach Isaiah Sthanda Mogwadi as head coach, assisted by Ndiyapo Letsholathebe and Summer Ncube.
Speaking to Voice Sport, Police’s Public Relations Officer Jayson Chabota insisted the decision was taken in the best interests of the team.
He claimed there were no hard feelings about the sacking, adding that it should rather be viewed as a redeployment, as Letlaamoreng will return to his job as a police officer.
“There was a time when the team was in the top eight but it gradually went down to position ten. What hurt most is that we collect points from the so called ‘big teams’ and get hammered by teams which are not doing well in the league,” he said.
Police have beaten Jwaneng Galaxy, BDF XI and Mochudi Centre Chiefs this season, as well as holding both Orapa (twice) and Township Rollers to draws.
Explaining why the club to the decision to rehire Mogwadi, the PRO said, “We decided to bring back Mogwadi, he is not new to the club and with his experience we believe he will help us collect points from the remaining games.”
Though he did not want to be drawn into discussing the dismissal further, Chabota said they consulted players, technical team and the feedback they got helped them reach their decision.
He said they had set target for Letlaamoreng and he was to finish this season on top 4 and better top 8.
“We cannot say he has failed in terms of the target we had set because sometimes management can fail coach by not meeting his requirements for example he might want to beef up squad and due to limited resources it does not happen. I am glad the transition went well and we thank him for his commitment and hard work,” he added, before wishing Letlaamoreng success in his career.
Jason revealed Mogwadi retired in 2014 to further his studies and that they have not stipulated a time for his engagement as head coach.