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Chico keeps Orapa guessing

Publishing Date : 12 February, 2018


The future of Daniel ‘Chico’ Nare at Orapa United is still a subject of major speculation following information that links him with premier league rookies, Security Systems. Highly placed sources at both clubs indicate a high possibility that the former Extension Gunners and Miscellaneous mentor might leave Orapa United at the end of the season.

He is currently the assistant to former Centre Chiefs head coach Bongani Mafu, and is eyeing the coveted Mascom Top 8 trophy before heading down south, informants claim. Reports further suggest that Systems’ eagerness to prize away Nare at the end of the season would not be deflected even if the club got relegated to the lower tier. As things stand, The Alarm Boys as they are known are lying dangerously on spot number 13, just a point shy from the relegation zone. Other sources claim that Chico is wary of the situation and should Systems relegate, he might stay put.  

Despite the club’s secret courting of the Coach, whom pundits posit should not be an assistant considering his football stature, there remains the possibility that George Mogopodi could ultimately compete for the post after being appointed as head coach for this season’s remainder.

Orapa United on one hand is unmoved by the ‘elsewhere reports’ and are confident that Nare will deliver as promised. “We do not want to concern ourselves with such speculation, the Coach (Nare) is focused on winning the Top 8 tournament, it is his primary objective,” club media liaison Kabo William said.

But the possibility that Security Systems may not mount a serious challenge for this year’s Top 8 tournament as well as relegate have been mooted as a potential obstacle to Nare's opting to move. While that would have serious and or little implications for the club's attempts to balance the books where finances is sometimes an issue, sources close to the negotiations have suggested Chico would actually not be discouraged from joining the side should the team fail to move up the league log again. Indeed, he could consider it an even greater challenge as the man at the helm.

Nevertheless, there are other obstacles still lurking, particularly his dependability. This needs to be cleared if his desire to return down south persists. He is a nomadic coach and had not even stayed for a season at Miscellaneous S.C before proceeding to accept a role of assistant coach at Orapa. Principal among these concerns is the amount of power he would be permitted to wield at The Alarm Boys.

But if Nare is to accept Systems’ offer, he would have to accept the existing structure in place at the club, particularly that little has changed with these Society outfits. It remains to be seen whether the coach will accept the Systems hierarchy, despite the acceptance that further significant squad strengthening will take place in the next transfer window.  

While Systems will only publicly address the coach situation once the season ends, discussions have been taking place for some time behind the scenes and the club has sounded out potential replacements for Thaloba Nthaga who is the second coach to be sacked by the club. The former BMC FC, Letlapeng, Extension Gunners and Miscellaneous mentor is understood to be top of their list. When reached for comment, Nare distanced himself from reports linking him to Systems. “I do not know anything, I am currently enjoying my stay with Orapa,” he said.



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