OSU Atletico, Head Coach Part Ways Ahead of 2024
It appears that, after a total of four seasons with the club, OSU Atletico – Ottawa’s Ligue1 Quebec side – will be parting ways with Head Coach Peter Mapendere following the 2023 season.
Coming in the form of a call of tryouts over Instagram, the club seems to have unceremoniously announced the end of Mapendere’s tenure as gaffer whilst announcing his successor, Vlad Vrsecky.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Vrsecky – a UEFA A licensed coach and former professional footballer – previously held the role of Technical Director for Ottawa TFC until April of this year when he slotted into the same role but with Ottawa South United.
When Northern Tribune reached out to Peter Mapendere, Ottawa South United, and Atletico Ottawa – OSU’s parent club – the former two did not respond to requests for comment while the latter simply stated that they had nothing to comment at this time.
Peter Mapendere leaves OSU after four turbulent seasons with the club in 2018, 2019, 2022, and 2023. With a combined total of 9 wins with the men’s side over 75 total games, OSU has never qualified for postseason in league play of either L1Ontario or L1Quebec.
More recently, the club has seen a bit of a resurgence that – while only increasing one spot in the table – has seen OSU win 5 and draw 4 during the 2023 season, a distinct improvement over their 2022 record of 1W-2D-19L. However, they would lose to last-place CS Lanaudiere-Nord (0W-2D-20L) 4-2 in the first round of the Coupe L1QC.
This is a developing story. More to come…