By Colleen Tafireyi
ZIMBABWEAN coach Roy Barretto has rejoined newly promoted South African premier league side Free Stars, three weeks after he quit Manning Rangers following a demotion
from senior coach to juniors developer.
Barretto rejoins the team that introduced him and helped him make his name in the coaching circles of the South African league.
The widely travelled mentor told Independent Sport in a telephone interview that he was now back in the Free State province after an unhappy spell at Manning Rangers.
“It’s true that I left Rangers and I’m back with Stars,” said Barretto. “I couldn’t continue working for them because they had stripped me of my powers. They had engaged me as head coach only to change that after a bad spell.”
Barretto, who guided Orlando Pirates to the Castle Premier League Championship a couple of seasons ago, was replaced by Steve Khompela at Rangers.
Free Stars brand manager Rantsi Mokoena told the South African media that his club had made the right decision in recalling the highly respected Barretto.
“Roy is a good coach and there is little doubt about it,” Mokoena said.
“His record speaks for itself. He will lift the team high. He did well in the past and we hope he will continue from where he left and we will achieve more success.”
Free Stars were bought out of the league by the South African premier league in a bid to cut down the teams from 18 to a profitable 16 two years ago. However, the team then registered to play in the Inland Stream First Division and won promotion last month.