Death Threats Force Sundowns Coach To Resign

Habas shocking resignation was announced on Saturday by club owner and president  Patrice Motsepe.Motsepe said the coach had resigned following pressure from his family – with his wife actually having been hospitalised as a result of the trauma surrounding the club known as The Brazilians.

“Personally I wanted Habas to stay until the end of the season,” said Motsepe, “but events have overtaken this and he has bowed to the wishes of his family.”

Habas, who originally joined Sundowns two seasons ago as the assistant to Bulgarian soccer legend, Hristo Stoichkov, will be replaced on an acting basis by former Zimbabwean player and Moroka Swallows and Free State Stars coach Ian Gorowa, who had been one of Habas’s assistants during the current season.

But Motsepe stressed the issue of a permanent coach would be reviewed at the end of the season, while indicating preference would be given to a South African candidate.At the same time, Sundowns have appointed former playing greats, Harris Choeu and Harold “Jazzy Queen” Legodi, as assistant coaches and recalled other legendary players like Mark Anderson and Jan Lechaba to the technical staff while looking to the past to rekindle the kind of glory the club once enjoyed.

Other officials targeted by the supporters, like technical committee head Trott Moloto and development director Ted Dumitru, have survived the upheaval and Motsepe said it was not a case of the the club bowing to the violence.

“Indeed it is something we abhor and intend holding investigations and disciplinary hearings in order to determine if there are ring-leaders involved in this matter,” added the Sundowns president.