Hello and goodbye: Malesela booted onto unenviable list

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Hello and goodbye: Malesela booted onto unenviable list

The Chippa United coach is on the list no coach wants to be on - the first to be fired at the start of a new season

Soccer writer

Dan Malesela joined the ignominious ranks of those first to be fired at the start of a new season when he was shown the door by Chippa United on Tuesday night.
Malesela has had three spells at Chippa, starting in December 2015 until April 2017 when the club forced him to take “leave” and put his assistant Mbuyiselo Sambu in charge of a handful of games.
Malesela returned but was fired just four games into last season, with Teboho Moloi taking his place.Chippa’s jittery chairman, Siviwe Mpengesi, brought Malesela back again for the new season but sacked him on Tuesday, bringing Eric Tinkler in as his replacement.Malesela’s three games of the new season have ended in two defeats and a draw in East London at the weekend to newly promoted Black Leopards.
For the past three seasons Free State Stars have wasted no time again in firing an under-performing coach, with Sammy Troughton, Denis Lavagne of France and Kinnah Phiri becoming the first casualties of a new campaign.
Troughton went after just two games this time last year, but it is by no means the record … which Stars hold.
The record for the fastest dismal in a season was set 10 years ago when Free State Stars sent home new Ghanaian coach David Duncan before the league had even started.
He was in charge of their pre-season training and one match in the MTN8 but was then removed before the first league game of the season.In 2014, SuperSport United dismissed Cavin Johnson five matches into the new campaign. It was made up of four league games and an MTN8 quarterfinal tie.
Polokwane City had also been quick to haul out the firing squad in 2013, when they fired Duncan Lechesa just four games into the first spell in the top flight.
In 2011 and 2012, it was Manqoba Mngqithi, who is now the assistant to Pitso Mosimane at Mamelodi Sundowns, who had the unwanted distinction of being the first to lose his job.In 2012 he was sacked by Chippa United after just two league matches, and the season before he was shown the door five games into the new league campaign by AmaZulu.In 2005 Black Leopards fired Frenchman Jean-Yves Kerjean after only their opening league game of the season, which Dynamos had done the season before to Anteneh Eshete.
In 2001 Ria Stars booted Kenny Ndlazi after losing their first league game of the season.First to be fired in a league season
• 2017-2018 season: Sammy Troughton (Free State Stars) after two matches;
• 2016-2017 season: Denis Lavagne (Free State Stars) after three matches;
• 2015-2016 season: Kinnah Phiri (Free State Stars) after three matches;
• 2014-2015 season: Cavin Johnson (SuperSport United) after four matches;• 2013-2014 season: Duncan Lechesa (Polokwane City) after four matches;
• 2012-2013 season: Manqoba Mngqithi (Chippa United) after two matches;• 2011-2012 season: Manqoba Mngqithi (AmaZulu) after five matches;
• 2010-2011 season: Savvas Agiomamitis (Mpumalanga Black Aces) after three matches;
• 2009-2010 season: Themba Sithole (Free State Stars) after seven matches;
• 2008-2009 season: David Duncan (Free State Stars) before first game of season;
• 2007-2008 season: Kalambay “Bibey” Mutombo (Orlando Pirates) after four matches;
2006-2007 season: Kalambay “Bibey” Mutombo (Black Leopards) after 10 matches;
• 2005-2006 season: Jean-Yves Kerjean (Black Leopards) after one match;
• 2004-2005 season: Anteneh Eshete (Dynamos) after one match;
• 2003-2004 season: Walter Rautmann (Black Leopards), Jacob Sakala (Dynamos), Khabo Zondo (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Steve Komphela (Manning Rangers) after six matches;• 2002-2003 season: Johnny Ferreira (African Wanderers) after three matches;
• 2001-2002 season: Kenny Ndlazi (Ria Stars) after one match;
• 2000-2001 season: Viktor Bondarenko (Umtata Bush Bucks) after four matches;
• 1999-2000 season: Mario Tuani (African Wanderers) and Jan Lechaba (Umtata Bush Bucks) after three matches;
• 1998-1999 season: Kolio Markov (Dynamos) after two matches;
• 1997-1998 season: Duncan Crowie (Santos) after two matches;
• 1996-1997 season: Jeff Butler (Kaizer Chiefs) after four matches.

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