Kickoff (Cape Town)

27 November 2008

South Africa: Solomons Returns to Santos

Boebie Solomons has returned to Cape Town to join former club Santos as Director of Football. The former Bidvest Wits coach resigned from First Division side Winners Park last week.

His 'homecoming' will not only strengthen the expertise and provide a boost to the Santos technical team, consisting of head coach David Bright, assistant coach Jean Marc Ithier and Technical Advisor Duncan Crowie, but his wealth of experience gained over 33 years of playing, training and management will prove to be a valuable asset to the team.

Solomons' hunger for knowledge has seen him attain coaching credentials from South Africa to Holland and Brazil.

"Santos is always looking to improve its expertise and stay in the forefront of football", says Chief Operating Officer Edries Burton. "Therefore we welcome the appointment of Boebie Solomons as the Director of Football at Santos FC."

"The experience of the current coaching staff, Bright, Ithier and Crowie, together with the addition of Boebie can only add to our aim of becoming a major force in the country's football arena. We wish Boebie all the best," Burton added.

Boebie Solomons' Profile:

Former clubs:

Winners Park, Black Leopards FC, Bidvest Wits FC, Maritzburg United, Santos Football Club, Glendene, Cape Town Spurs

Coaching career highlights:

2005/6 Won Mvela Golden League Championship and promotion to the Premier Soccer League with Bidvest Wits as Head Coach.

1998 Appointed as Head Coach of South African U20's national squad.

1996 Won National Soccer League championship in second division with Milano FC

1995 - 2005 Executive member of SAFA Western Province

1995 - 1996 As assistant coach, toured with SA U20's national team to Lesotho, Germany and Italy.

Honours:

2003 Absa Cup winners

2002 BP Top 8 winners

2002 Premier Soccer League champions (as Santos FC Assistant Coach)

2001 Bob Save Superbowl winners (as Santos FC Assistant Coach)

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