Sikhakhane is set to be offered the job on a permanent basis after doing superbly since Kosta Papic left for Polokwane City.
According to a source at the club, Sikhakhane has impressed club bosses so much that he has been asked to compile a five-year strategy for the Port Elizabeth-based club.
“The decision has been taken to appoint Roger permanently,” said the source at the club.
“He has done a very good job to take the club to second-place on the log. Not only that, he has a relationship with the players here and we believe that is why he must get this job.”
Sikhakhane is no stranger to the Chilli Boys’ structures.
He guided the team to their first ever league promotion two seasons ago before being booted from the hot seat without even overseeing a single Premiership game. He was brought back at a later stage to help out the team when things started going south. He was one of the six coaches who were fired by Mpengesi in their maiden season in the top tier, when they were relegated back to the National First Division.
With Mpengesi having already parted ways with Papic, United’s communications manager Lukhanyo Mzinzi says the decision to retain Skhakhane will only be taken during the December break.
“Obviously we are loooking for consistancy in both our results and the coach.
“Roger is aware that this decision will be taken during the break so that we finalise the players that we want to bring to the club and if he is given the job, so that he can be part of taking those decisions.
“But the job issue must not distract him because he is doing a good job at the moment.”
The Chilli Boys have won five, lost three and drawn two of their 10 league games and have amassed 17 points this season.
They beat Bidvest Wits 2-1 in midweek to climb to second position on the Absa Premiership log.
Sikhakhane has not been given a mandate but like any other coach he is expected to produce results consistently. Together with his assistant coach Floyd Mogale, Sikhakhane seem to have found a perfect recipe for success, much to the delight of Mpengesi and the entire management of the club.
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