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Mamelodi Sundowns started their pre-season preparations today, and rumour has it that they could be introduced to their new coach before the end of the week.

The Brazilians have been without a head coach since Henri Michel’s departure about two months ago, with Ted Dumitru having stepped in in a caretaker capacity towards the end of the season.

However, it seems Patrice Motsepe has finally found his man – and what a man it is according to

Bulgarian legend Hristo Stoichkov is being tipped to take over, despite having been strongly linked with Iranian Premier League team Abu Moslem less than a month ago. The 43-year-old coached his country’s national team between 2004 and 2007.

“I’m not sure about the name, but what I know is that he used to play for Barcelona and at one stage was manager of the Bulgaria national team. He is already in the country and speaking with Sundowns," a club source revealed.

Other former Barcelona stars from Eastern Europe include Goran Vucevic, a former Croatian international, Igor Korneev, a former Russian goalkeeper and current assistant to Guus Hiddink, and Robert Prosinecki, another Croatian and current assistant to his country’s national team.