Petro coach eyes PSL job

Petro de Luanda coach Alexander Santos hopes to coach a Premiership club one day.Photo by BackpagePix
Petro de Luanda coach Alexander Santos hopes to coach a Premiership club one day.Photo by BackpagePix

PETRO de Luanda coach, Alexander Santos, has revealed that he would be open to the idea of joining one of the big teams in the PSL as he looks to fulfil his wish to one day work in Mzansi.

The Portuguese mentor was the brains behind Petro’s shock elimination of Mamelodi Sundowns in the Caf Champions League, ending their hopes of a historic quadruple.

The Angolan outfit, who came to Mzansi with a slender 2-1 lead from the first leg of their quarter-final tie, got the job done as they held the Tshwane giants to a hard-fought 1-1 draw at the FNB Stadium on Saturday which earned Petro a 3-2 win on aggregate.

Santos managed to get the better of his counterparts Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena with his tactics in both legs earning his side a spot in the semi-finals.

And having caught the eye with an impressive performance against the best team in Mzansi in recent years, Santos was asked if he would be open to joining one of the big teams in the country such as Kaizer Chiefs. Amakhosi are currently without a head coach, having sacked Stuart Baxter after a string of unsatisfactory results before giving temporary control of the first team to assistant coaches Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard.

“I had never been in South Africa before and the first impression is unbelievable,” admitted Santos.

“This is an amazing country, I had always heard but never seen with my own eyes, but now I have seen the organisation, facilities and everything.

“This country has everything to be one of the strongest in Africa. But for me, at the moment I’m happy to work in Petro. And of course, I know that the future for every coach is not guaranteed.

“We have only lost two matches this season, but I know that one or two losses could change a lot of things.

“But I would like to work in South Africa, I want to work in any country where the people believe in my work.

“Petro currently believe in my work but who knows what could happen.”

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