PSL Profile: Allan Freese

KZN-born tactician Allan Freese was recently appointed new AmaZulu FC assistant coach.

The experienced mentor has filled the void left by Moeneeb Josephs, who worked under head coach Ayanda Dlamini between March and September 2020.

We took a look at Freese’s brief history as a coach in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

The retired left-sided player got his big break in the top-flight league in March 2012 when he served as co-coach at the now-defunct Platinum Stars along with Cavin Johnson.

The duo was in charge of 11 competitive matches and they guided Dikwena to a 10th spot finish in the 2011/12 season having replaced Owen Da Gama.

Johnson and Freese were then rewarded with permanent positions as they were appointed head coach and assistant coach respectively.

Stars became serious Absa Premiership title contenders in their first season in charge of the team as they battled with the Soweto giants for the coveted trophy.

Dikwena narrowly missed out on the title as they finished second in the Absa Premiership – a point behind champions Kaizer Chiefs and four points above third-placed Orlando Pirates.

Freese was then appointed Stars head coach following Johnson’s departure before the start of the 2013/14 campaign.

The Estcourt-born tactician guided Dikwena to a Cup double as the North West side clinched the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout Cup in 2013 and the team also finished in the top eight in the league.

Freese left Stars in 2015 and he was appointed Highlands Park head coach and he led the team to the elite league for the first time in the PSL era as they won the 2015/16 promotional/relegation playoffs.

The former Orlando Pirates player was redeployed to the club’s development structures midway through the 2016/17 season and he left the Lions of the North at the end of the same term.

A spell with NFD side Royal Eagles followed as head of development and head coach, but he returned to Highlands Park in October 2017 and he was re-appointed assistant coach under Da Gama.

The duo guided the Lions of the North back to the top flight league by clinching the 2017/18 NFD title as the team finished 19 points above their close rivals.

Highlands Park finished in the top eight in their return to the Absa Premiership and they qualified for the 2019 MTN8 with a seventh-spot finish on the league standings.

The Lions of the North were runners-up in the 2019 MTN8 and narrowly missed out on a top-eight finish through goal-difference in the 2019/20 season and Freese has since joined AmaZulu.

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