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SA men’s hockey coach calls it a day
- Updated: January 17, 2014
The South African men’s hockey side are once again looking for another head coach.
This after Charlie Pereira resigned, according to an SA Hockey Association statement on Friday.
Perreira only took over the reins from former coach Gregg Clarke (who was head coach for the SA team at the London Olympics in 2012) in May last year. ÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿KwaZulu-Natal’s Pereira, a chartered accountant who played 49 Tests for SA and has his own accounting practice, said that his stepping down was primarily due to the absence of a primary sponsor, which had limited his plans for the team’s preparation ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
Pereira ends his tenure after successfully competing in the FIH World League Round 2 and Semi-Finals as well as the Africa Cup event, which saw the team qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
SA Hockey Association CEO Marissa Langeni said the national body would be discussing the men’s head coach position at their upcoming Executive Board meeting this weekend and will make a firm announcement thereafter.
The new coach will have to hit the ground running with a number of immediate commitments that are in place leading up to the World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands. The team will in February travel to Argentina for a Test Match Series, play a series vs World No1 Germany in Cape Town in March and travel to the 23rd Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia.
“The South African Hockey Association appreciates the good working relationship with Charlie over the last year and we as the national body wish him well in his future endeavours,ÔÇØ added Langeni.