What can we expect from Marumo Gallants?
LE CAP – In the next fortnight, the football editors of IOL Sport will guide you through the upcoming PSL season, club by club.
Today, Herman Gibbs takes a look at Marumo Gallants.
Coach: Sébastien Migné
Muhammad Patel, Learnmore Muyambo, Joreon Lumu, Sibusiso Khumalo, Katlego Otladisa, Matome Kgoetyane, Sibusiso Nkosi, Thato Khiba and Brandon Makgopa.
The Polokwane-based Marumo Gallants had a dramatically bittersweet season that saw them fight desperately to avoid relegation but then unexpectedly won the Nedbank Cup. The club, formerly known as Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM), initially bought the Premiership franchise from Bidvest Wits. As Nedbank Cup champions, they will compete in the CAF Confederation Cup this season. Marumo showed a certain ambition and signed the French Migné. Over the past eight years, Migné has held coaching positions in Africa and will be well equipped to prepare Marumo for his African safari. Marumo also did well to appoint Jean-François Losciuto of Belgium as his assistant. He has coached for over a decade and has worked extensively in Africa. Marumo landed several members of the game team last year and so far he could count nine signings. Interestingly, a lot of players come from Europe and if Migné finds specific roles for new players, they could be a significantly improved team this season. There is also an interesting appointment within the support staff where Mamelodi Sundowns legend and former assistant coach Harris Chueu was named technical director. Marumo would have a turbulent Premiership start as he started against Polokwane rivals Baroka and then four days later against the Pirates.
The goaltender for last season’s Nedbank Cup tournament player Washington Arubi had several spectacular performances and was subsequently on the shopping lists of several clubs. Marumo wisely tied the Zimbabwean, 35, with a two-year contract.
Joréon Lombe Lumu
The Dutch-born striker has played for several European clubs. It will bring a touch of class and experience to Marumo’s attack.
Maselaelo ‘shakes’ Seanego
The former Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs midfielder has signed with the Zambian team of Forest Rangers. The former South African Under-20 star could be put to good use as a playmaker. Offers great value as an attacking midfielder.