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Gallants embarks on new journey with an international coach at the helm

Motsepe Foundation Championship side Marumo Gallants have embarked on a new journey with the appointment of a seasoned international as their new head coach.

The reason for the coaching change is to improve the team’s performance and grind the results going forward in the league.

Gallants have been inconsistent since the beginning of the season. They are 10th on the log after 12 matches. They have amassed 15 points following three draws, six draws and three defeats.

As a result, coach Pitso Dladla has been demoted from the head coach position to assistant coach with Steven Polack taking over.


Steven Polack is a well-known English mentor in Africa [Ghana and Kenya] and Europe in Finland over two decades of coaching

Before agreeing to join Gallants, Polack turned down a job in the middle of the 2022/23 PSL season to another Polokwane outfit; Black Leopards.

His reason for declining the job was he that he wanted the ‘right project’. He further explained that his goal is to help develop the club, the team and players to be competitive.

Steven Polack on the sidelines coaching Go Mahir in Kenya
Steven Polack on the sidelines coaching Go Mahir during his time in Kenya

Polack was appointed alongside former Baroka FC assistant coach Fani Mthethwa as the second assistant.


Polack, a UEFA Pro-Licence holder’s successes include leading FC Inter Turku from the 3rd division to the Premier League in Finland.

During his tunure in Ghana with Asante Kotoko he won two titles namely; 2017/18 MTN FA Cup and 2017/18 President Cup.

After moving to Kenya for a new challenge, Polack won two trophies. He guided Gor Mahia to a league victory in 2018/19 and clinched the 2019 Kenyan Super Cup.

He was unveiled as Gallants coach on Wednesday and the 64-year-old will carry out his coaching duties immediately.

His first assignment on the bench with be against Black Leopards in the Limpopo Derby on Saturday, 25 November. Kickoff at Thohoyandou Stadium, Venda is at 3:30pm.

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