Columnists 17.1.2018 10:43 am

Contrasting cases of two soccer coaches

The reaction to the way two of Mzansi’s biggest football clubs go about their business have over the past week were in such stark contrast that you can hardly believe they compete in the same league.

On the one hand we experienced the Kaizer Chiefs faithful seeing the appointment of Rob Hutting as technical advisor as a foregone conclusion that the Dutchman will take over the reins from the embattled Steve Komphela.

Contrasting cases of two soccer coaches
Contrasting cases of two soccer coaches

Contrasting cases of two soccer coaches

The reaction to the way two of Mzansi’s biggest football clubs go about their business have over the past week were in such stark contrast that you can hardly believe they compete in the same league.

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