Coach Dyaloyi heeds the call
19 November 2015

When the going gets tough, the tough get going, would be a fitting expression as Mthatha Bucks chase a change in fortune in our penultimate league fixture for 2015, against the high-flying Mbombela United.

The two NFD rookies have had contrasting starts to life in second tier football, with Tingwenyama roaring after winning five matches from eleven, while Amathol'amnyama search their first win.


Bucks will have head coach Velile Eddie Dyaloyi at the helm for the first time after he took charge of the team following the departure of Julius Dube.


Dyaloyi, who made the switch from Chippa United to come to Amathol’amnyama’s aid, says it was an easy choice to swap Port Elizabeth for Mthatha.


“Both chairmen know each other, they spoke about Mthatha's current position, then agreeing that the team is in danger and therefore needs someone who could assist the team. Then Chippa [Mpengesi] approached me to ask if I could go and assist the Bucks in Mthatha – I followed up and I agreed,” Dyaloyi told


The coach goes on to give his views on the following topics:


Assessment of the team


“The boys are tactically sound, but there are still some areas which need technical improvement. We have been conceding goals and have been struggling to find the back of the net, but we are working on strategies which will assist the team, with the training we've been doing things should turn around.”

This weekend’s Mbombela clash


“I am tasked with moving Mthatha Bucks out of the relegation zone, and therefore we'll be going to Mbombela to collect three points. I've noticed that Mbombela has not made many changes to the team who played in the ABC Motsepe League Play-offs, their U23's seems to be giving them an edge. I am positive and do not doubt the ability of my team. They have been working hard at training so there is no reason for us not to collect maximum points.”

On partnering with coach Mondli Funani

"My relationship with Mondli goes way back, we started in development when we still had the SAFA Simba development project, we knew each other from our different regions in the Eastern Cape and Transkei. We then started to work together at Blackburn Rovers, in which we had a good relationship built on honesty and trust, resulting in us joining forces again to take the team forward."




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