Boebie Solomons

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Boebie Solomons
Personal information
Full name Abubakaar Solomons
Date of birth (1955-03-22) 22 March 1955 (age 62)
Place of birth Cape Town, South Africa
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Cape Town Spurs
Teams managed
1998 South Africa U20
2002 Santos (caretaker)
2003–2004 Santos
2004–2005 Maritzburg United
2005–2007 Bidvest Wits
2007–2008 Black Leopards
2008 Winners Park
2009–2011 Santos
2013–2014 Polokwane City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Abubakaar "Boebie" Solomons (born 22 March 1955 in Cape Town) is a South African football coach who last coached Premier Soccer League club Polokwane City. He is one of the few footballing coaches in the country to have won winners medals for both the PSL league title (as assistant to Gordon Igesund at Santos) and the Mvela Golden League (as head coach with Bidvest Wits). He has also coached South Africa at under-20 level.

Playing career[edit]

Solomons played as a midfielder for Glendene and Cape Town Spurs during his playing career.[1] He was known by the nickname "Asem" (the Afrikaans word for "breath") due to his impressive stamina and work rate.[1][2]

Coaching career[edit]

Solomons moved into coaching shortly after retiring from playing, and joined the coaching staff at Santos for the first time in the late 1980s.[1] In 1998, he was appointed head coach of the South Africa under-20 team.[3] He then joined Santos in 1999, where he initially worked as a youth coach, before becoming involved with the coaching of the senior team in 2000.[3] He was appointed as the club's caretaker-coach on several occasions, including a spell in 2002 where the club won the BP Top Eight Cup,[4] before being appointed as permanent head coach in 2003 following the resignation of Muhsin Ertugral.[2][5] He went on to lead the team to the final of the ABSA Cup, where Santos defeated Ajax Cape Town 2–0.[6] In October 2004, he was sacked due to the team's poor performances in the CAF Confederation Cup.[7]

Solomons had a short stint with Maritzburg United before being appointed as coach at Bidvest Wits, who had recently been relegated to the Mvela Golden League, at the start of the 2005–06 season. Solomons guided the team to promotion back to the top flight during his first season in charge,[8] but was sacked in March 2007 due to a poor run of results.[9] After brief spells at Black Leopards and Winners Park,[10] he returned to Santos as the club's Director of Football in November 2008.[11] He was once again appointed as head coach of Santos in July 2009.[1] Solomons left the club in December 2011 after a poor run of results.[12]

He joined Bloemfontein Celtic in June 2012 as an assistant coach to Clinton Larsen[13] before being appointed as head coach of Polokwane City in October 2013.[14] Solomons was fired on 1 September 2014 after string of poor results in the 2014–15 Premier Soccer League campaign.

Solomons got appointed head coach at Cape Town All Stars in September 2014, replacing Dylan Deane. Boebie resigned at Cape Town All Stars ahead of the 2015/2016 National First Division season and were appointed head coach at Milano United. Milano United and Boebie Solomons parted ways in April 2017 and Solomons as appointed Technical Director at FC Cape Town

Coaching career highlights[edit]

2005/6 Won Mvela Golden League Championship and promotion to the Premier Soccer League
with Bidvest Wits as head coach.
1998 Appointed as head coach of South African U20’s national squad.
1996 Won National Soccer League championship in second division with Milano FC
1995–2005 Executive member of SAFA Western Province
1995–1996 As assistant coach, toured with SA U20’s national team to Lesotho, Germany and Italy.


2003 Absa Cup winners
2002 BP Top 8 winners
2002 Premier Soccer League champions (as Santos FC Assistant Coach)
2001 Bob Save Super Bowl winners (as Santos FC Assistant Coach)


  1. ^ a b c d "Boebie back in the hunt". Independent Online. 18 August 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Santos 'go to' Solomons again". Independent Online. 25 February 2003. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Finances biggest obstacle - Santos". 4 September 2003. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Santos fairytale continues with Top 8 glory". Independent Online. 14 September 2002. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Santos must go back to basics". Independent Online. 26 February 2003. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Santos sink Ajax to win Absa Cup". Independent Online. 31 May 2003. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "Confed Cup preview". BBC Sport. 15 October 2004. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Boebie's heart will always be in Cape Town". Independent Online. 4 April 2006. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Wits sack coach Boebie Solomons". Mail & Guardian Online. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Boebie Bounces After Black Leopards Banishment". 12 March 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  11. ^ "Solomons Returns to Santos". 27 November 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  12. ^ "Crowie looking to reignite Santos". Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Boebie Solomons joins Celtic". Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "City Confirm Solomons' Appointment". SoccerLaduma. Retrieved 21 October 2013.