NORMAN Mapeza is set to leave the country for South Africa this weekend for a meeting with Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila executive, the club has announced.
TTM president Masala Mulaudzi on Wednesday confirmed the Zimbabwean coach will arrive in the country this weekend for a final phase of his contract negotiations.
Mulaudzi said this during a radio interview with SABC station, Phalaphala FM that the former Chippa United coach is close to joining them, as they prepare for their debut season in the Premiership.
“So, Mapeza is one of the coaches who need to come to South Africa this coming weekend.
“We need to discuss certain terms that we can’t discuss over the phone, but if those talks are successful then we will have an agreement, but if we don’t agree on those terms then it will not be happening.
“But where there is smoke, there is fire. There is just no smoke without fire,” said Mulaudzi.
TTM currently do not have a head coach after deciding Gavin Hunt will not form the technical staff in the forthcoming season following the acquisition of Bidvest Wits’ PSL status.
The TTM hot seat has been linked with a number of coaches including former Highlands Park mentor Owen Da Gama.
And Mulaudzi said Mapeza is not the only candidate in talks with the club saying he is just among the shortlisted.
“There have been lots of talks about Norman Mapeza day and night [from the public],” Mulaudzi told PhalaphalaFM.
“Norman Mapeza is one of the coaches that we have shortlisted, we are talking to him. The fact of the matter is that we are looking at the conditions of these coaches, to check which ones we can meet.”
“Some [coaches] are saying they don’t want money but want to develop the community. Some are saying they want money, and we also tell them that we want results because we don’t want to be relegated. It is a difficult league this one because we have seen it how other teams are playing that; it is difficult out there.”
He said a decision whether or not Mapeza will be appointed as TTM head coach depends on the weekend meeting.