The two second league sides made managerial changes after the disappointing start of the new season.
photo: Erdjan Menga (L) & Zhanko Savov (R)
After losing the promotion play-off last season Gostivar started the current season as firm favorites for the top in the group West. They won both matches in the first two rounds, but then followed the shocking defeat by local rivals and newly promoted Gench Kalemler. Since that match everything went downhill for Gostivar as it was followed by a come from behind home loss by another newly promoted team in Goblen and the past Wednesday a defeat by Pobeda in the first leg of the Cup eight-finals.
Manager Mensur Jakupi took responsability and stepped down as manager of the team. Gostivar appointed local legend Erdjan Menga to lead the team. The 55-year-old Menga is former player who almost all of his career played for Gostivar and until now was part of the club’s youth coaching team.
Group East side Detonit also made similar change. As newly promoted and debutantes at this level it was expected for them to be placed in the bottom half of the table, but the board thinks that they can do much better as they are currently dead last and pointless. The Radovish based team was lead by Ratko Janushev but the four consecutive defeats sealed his fate. If the defeats by Borec and Kozhuf were expected, losing the local derby against Plachkovica and later the 3:2 defeat by fellow relegation candidate Vardar (N) in a match where Detonit twice had the lead, happened to be crucial.
Detonit appointed former striker Zhanko Savov top try and bring back life into the team. The 53-year-old Savov most recently lead Pobeda (V) and has also been in charge at Borec, Madjari Solidarnost, Teteks, Makedonija GjP, Aerodrom and Cementarnica 55.