United FC coach Dan Malesela says that the knowledge gained from Ted Dumitru is of great help in his own coaching career.
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The pair worked together at Mamelodi Sundowns, where Malesela was a reliable defender and Dumitru was the coach that guided the Brazilians to two league titles.
Malesela, who previously worked at Ga-Rankuwa United, is currently enjoying a successful season with United FC, who are in fifth position on the NFD table.
It’s been a good start to the campaign for a club without many recognisable names – former Free State Stars winger Matome Madimabe and young Sundowns right back Walter Maponyane being the few exceptions.
“So far its looking good, but we can still improve a lot. In most of the games we have lost, my feeling as that we were not outplayed, but made careless errors which led to the defeat,” said Malesela.
When asked about his coaching philosophies, Malesela replied:
“I wouldn’t really say I have a coaching style, I’m more interested in tactics than theory.
“For me its about looking at the players I have, working with what I have, using their strengths and not trying to force things.
“I see what abilities the player has and then I try and develop that talent. It starts with the individual, and then you develop the team.”
In his playing days, Malesela played under some of the PSL’s top coaches, all of whom he says have imparted knowledge on him which he uses today.
“It’s a mixture of all the coaches I have played under. I leant a lot from Gordon Igesund, from Screamer Tshabalala, but Ted Dumitru was the one that influenced me most.
“He allowed us to play with freedom. It’s about playing with freedom, but still with a sense of discipline, and its important not to throw away the natural flair that our players have.”