South Melbourne FC Technical Director appointed as co-coach of Phillipines National women’s team


South Melbourne FC Technical Director, Sinisa Cohadzic, has been appointed as co-coach of the Phillipines National women’s team.

Mr Cohadzic will share his duties with Western United Senior Women’s Coach, Mark Torcaso. They will be taking over from Alan Stajcic, former Matildas Senior Coach, who successfully navigated the Phillipines to the recent Women’s World Cup defeating co-hosts NZ in the group phases.

Sinisa Cohadzic. Photo: South Melbourne FC.

The club has noted the roles will mainly be based in Australia, which will allow Mr Cohadzic to remain in his role at South Melbourne FC.

Youth Football Director, Peter Kokotis, said in a statement, “Sinisa has been a wonderful part of this club leading our blue print in youth football.”

The junior program has started to take shape over the past few years and the club are excited to give Mr Cohadzic an opportunity on the International stage.

Michael Zakoski. Photo: South Melbourne FC.

“South Melbourne is proud of the pathways it not only provides its players but our coaches as well and we have no doubt he will succeed in this next part of his career.”

Michael Zakoski, the clubs U 15’s coach, has been appointed to assistant Technical Director for the new season.

“Michael arrived from Canberra this season and has worked passionately in the club embracing all its values, his work ethic and coaching skills have made a significant impact on our junior program and we are delighted to reward him with increased responsibility,” the club stated.

The management team believe the club and members “will be rewarded with prolonged stability by retaining Sinisa, while also introducing fresh ideas and energy by elevating Michael.”




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