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Tornado coach eyes NFD promotion

TORNADO FC head coach Jerry "Legs of Thunder" Skhosana was not given any mandate by the club owner when he took the job.

But the former Orlando Pirates striker has put his head on the block saying he will guide the ABC Motsepe League East London side all the way to the NFD (National First Division) next season.

"There was no mandate given to me when I joined Tornado but I have one thing in mind, that being to take his team to the NFD."

"That is my own mandate and mission which I strongly believe I will accomplish," said Skhosana. The 45-year-old former goal poacher of note arrived at Tornado towards the end of last season but has since dismantled the club and is building from scratch.


Skhosana believes he has assembled a formidable squad of youngsters ready to conquer the world. Among them is his 22-year-old son Sthembiso Mlotshwa (his mothers surname) who has also joined his father at Tornado.

But Mlotshwa, who his father praised as "a much better player than I was when I was his age," is yet to be registered due to personal issues he's currently dealing with.

But his father is confident this will be sorted out soon and hopes for "Jerry junior" to hit the ground running when the season resumes towards the end of this month.

Mlotshwa comes highly recommended, having played in the Orlando Pirates development structures and in other junior sides alongside seasoned Premier League campaigners Thabo Matlaba and Mpho Makola to name but a few.

The Thembiso-born Tornado coach who abandoned the City of Lights to come down to East London is confident the bunch of players he has are good enough for him to take the Mdantsane side to the promised land.

Big name players who have fallen from grace in the Premier League have no place at Tornado, he said.

"I want no big names, these youngsters I have are good. They listen."

"They do what they are told to do unlike those who have been at the highest level and then go to the lower division clubs with arrogance because they think they know it all."

"I am more than happy because this is a squad of players I selected without interference from anyone, so there will be no excuses from my part if things go wrong. I will take the full responsibility."

Tornado's pre-season started a fortnight ago.

Skhosana is currently in Johannesburg to perform his television duties at SuperSport over the weekend but will be back next week to continue with pre-season training. 

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