WOZA (Johannesburg)

26 July 1999

Africa: Dolezar takes over as Sundowns coach

Johannesburg — Less than three weeks after he was ditched by his former club Kaizer Chiefs, Yugoslav-born coach Paul Dolezar was given a job to guide league champions Sundowns through the new PSL season.

Sundowns have been without a coach for the past two weeks after coach Ted Dumitru dropped a bombshell on the Pretoria club. The Romania-born coach cited interference by management as the reason for his resignation.

Dumitru was appointed as the new Ornaldo Pirates coach on Wednesday, after Pirates had sacked their coach Viktor Bondarenko on the same day.

Meanwhile, Dolezar, who guided Chiefs to two Rothmans Cup championships, found himself without a job when his contract was not renewed in June. His job was taken by Turkish Muhsin Ertugral.

Dolezar and Dumitru will be on opposite sides when their new clubs lock horns in a Castle Premiership fixture on August 21 at Ellis Park Stadium.

Both Chiefs and Sundowns will be in action on Sunday in the SA 2006 World Cup bid promotion game at Telkom Park in Port Elizabeth. The two coaches will not be calling the shorts as they still have to get work permits.

Publication date: July 24, 1999

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