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Fadlu Davids: Gavin Hunt, Pitso Mosimane and South African coaches react to Lokomotiv Moscow move

9:06 AM WAT 28/09/2022
Fadlu Davids, Orlando Pirates, December 2021
The 2021-22 Caf Confederation Cup finalist with Pirates has embarked on his first coaching job outside South Africa

High-profile South African coaches took to social media to react to Fadlu Davids' appointment at Lokomotiv Moscow.

The 41-year-old tactician was appointed as an assistant coach at the Russian Premier League giants on Tuesday as he reunited with Josef Zinnbauer.

The duo worked together at Orlando Pirates between 2019 and 2021 with German mentor Zinnbauer being the head coach.

The Buccaneers won the MTN8 title in 2020 under their guidance.

  • Fadlu Davids, Orlando Pirates

    Coaches congratulate Davids

    Several local tacticians took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Davids' move to Europe - three months after he had parted ways with Pirates.

    The retired striker had reached last season's Caf Confederation Cup final with the Soweto giants as a co-coach alongside Mandla Ncikazi.

    GOAL took a look at some of the high-profile professional tweets from the social platform.

  • Gavin Hunt, SuperSport United, August 2022

    Gavin Hunt

    The SuperSport United coach wished Davids success at the Moscow-based side as the duo was born in Cape Town.



    "All the best on the new venture Davids, wishing you nothing but success and growth," Hunt wrote.

  • Daine Klate, Chippa United, November 2021

    Dain Klate

    While Daine Klate, who recently parted ways with Chippa United in what was his first coaching job in the PSL, urged Davids to enjoy the experience abroad. 

    "Congratulations and good luck coach onwards and upwards enjoy the experience," Klate wrote.

  • Moeneeb Josephs of AmaZulu FC, March 2020

    Moeneeb Josephs

    Cape Town-born goalkeeping legend Moeneeb Josephs also wished him well abroad. 

    "Mubarak coach…May the Almighty bless this journey with success Ameen," Josephs, who served as AmaZulu FC goalkeeper coach between 2020 and 2022, wrote.

  • Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane during the CAF Champions League.

    Pitso Mosimane

    Newly appointed Al Ahli Saudi coach Pitso Mosimane, who is one of the most famous African coaches, reacted to Davids' appointment with emojis.




  • Manchester United coach Benni McCarthy.

    SA coaches abroad

    Davids has joined a list of South African tacticians plying their trade abroad.

    Apart from Mosimane, former SA youth international Masilo Modubi is in charge of lower division side Leopoldsburg in Belgium and Benni McCarthy is a first-team coach at Premier League heavyweights, Manchester United.

    While Roger de Sa is the Iran assistant coach and Alan Clark serves as Kosovo's under-21 national team assistant coach.

    Lastly, Steven Pienaar is an academy coach at his former Dutch club, Ajax Amsterdam and his former Bafana Bafana teammate Bradley Carnell is the head coach at USA outfit St. Louis City.