Ex-Royal AM coach lands gig wi

Mahao puts pen to paper: Image courtesy of permission from Tshepo Leuta Mahao

Ex-Royal AM coach lands gig with African giants AS Vita

Royal AM have lost a valuable member of staff to AS Vita from the DRC, as the PSL continues to export more coaches.

Ex-Royal AM coach lands gig wi

Mahao puts pen to paper: Image courtesy of permission from Tshepo Leuta Mahao

The PSL continues to export more coaches. Pitso Mosimane, Bradley Carnell, and Thabo Senong have made Mzansi proud in Saudi Arabia, the United States, and Tanzania, respectively. Manchester United’s Benni McCarthy and Fadlu Davids of Raja Club Athletic, too, are making their marks as assistant coaches. Now, another PSL coach Tshepo Leuta Mahao has joined the bandwagon of the exports. He has quietly picked a job with Central African football giants, Association Sportive Vita Club on Friday. Mahao confirmed to have left Royal AM for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) team as a performance and video analyst. The outfit is simply called AS Vita Club.

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What the ex-Royal AM man said after switching to AS Vita

The former Sekhukhune United performance and video analyst told The South African that he was relishing the new challenge with the African giants. He said: “I’m very much happy to be part and parcel of this African giant and honestly, rebuild this famous brand once again. I think we owe it to the loyal faithful of this beautiful game and nation.” He last served Royal AM on February 1, 2024 before accepting the AS Vita offer.

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The former Royal AM’s coach’s AS Vita mandate

Mahao said he is a well-versed performance and video analyst having worked for many DStv Premiership teams, the latest being Royal AM. “I’ve worked at the highest level of South African football for many years and many clubs,”he said following the switch to the African top side. The former Polokwane City man said he hopes to use that PSL experience in the DRC’s Linafoot league. “The experience I gained from each club will help me a great deal. I’m hoping I can then relay this experience to my current employers,” Mahao said.

Part of the North-West University sports scientist’s mandate in the DRC is analysing opponents, he said. “I’m heading the Analysis Department in ensuring that we carefully study our opponents as well as ourselves to ensure that we continuously improve our performance as well as gaining an advantage over our opponents,” Mahao said.

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Who else has joined the African giants?

The South African will work under head coach Abdeslam Ouaddou, assistant coach Raoul Shungu, physical trainer Julien Heran-Male Makanzu and goalkeeper trainers Mamadd Bah and Paulin Tokala. AS Vita unveiled the restructured coaching panel, which has four new members including Mahao, on Friday.

The DRC club has since released a statement confirming the new arrivals, according to the Congolese news agency (ACP). It reads: “Having already a staff full of experienced people such as Paulin Tokala or Malé Makanzu, the administration of AS Vita Club better suggested expanding its staff with other new faces to have a very strong technical team.”

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Mahao has joined the African giants alongside physical trainer Le Heran, goalkeeper trainer Bah and set-piece coach Donis. Meanwhile, Mahao and the rest of the team got down to work on Saturday when AS Vita faced Diables Noirs on Saturday in an international friendly at the Martyrs Stadium Kinshasa in the DRC.

Rich history of the DRC outfit

AS Vita are one of the oldest clubs in the DRC after being founded in 1935. The 15-time league champions won the 1973 Africa Cup of Champions Clubs, now CAF Champions League. The Black Dolphins finished in second position in the first round of the Linafoot league. The Black Dolphins will also participate in the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Confederation Cup. AS Vita sits in second place, nine points behind leaders Maniema Union in the 10-member stream B of the Linafoot league. Saint Eloi-Lupopo lead pool A of the league with 46 points from 17 games, six points in front of TP Mazembe.