Although the bug to bark instructions from the dugout and his eye-catching celebrations did not give him any peace, he did, nonetheless enjoy some time with his family.
“It is very important because sometimes you get to refresh your mind and your body, but it mustn’t be too long,” he told Phakaaathi.
While he was reduced to watching football from the comfort of his couch and in the absence of the metaphorical drawing board that coaches always refer to, Malesela kept a note book and jotted down pointers from the likes of Pep Gaurdiola.
“During my time away I have been watching a lot of local teams and some international teams. I have watched Mamelodi Sundowns, Manchester City, Barcelona and other great teams around the world to see how they get things right and these are teams that win the league.
“If we take from that and get those things right it will help the team a lot and will improve us,” Malesela said.
He continued: “One of the things that need to change is that Chippa finish in the top eight and sometimes outside of the top eight… I am tired of that sequence. We need to set goals for ourselves and say we are a club playing in the PSL and where do we go from here? Outside the PSL and play in another league? No. Do you want to play and stay in the league for years with nothing to show?”
“We need to have some silverware that we can be proud of. We are in a situation where we say we are tired of fighting for the top eight only. Let’s stay in the top eight and see if we can maybe fight for a better position,” he concluded.
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