Usuthu mulling over Vukusic sacking

Premiership

AmaZulu are still locked in remote discussions over the future of suspended coach Jozef Vukusic and find themselves in an awkward situation.

Usuthu suspended the coach after their loss to Chippa United and looked like a different team in their last Absa Premiership clash against Kaizer Chiefs, registering just their second victory of 2020.

That victory has given the club a chance to escape relegation under the leadership of Ayanda Dlamini, who has been installed as caretaker coach and has the support of the players.

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This website understands that club officials are in long discussions to find a solution for their Vukusic problem as he still has two years remaining on his contract but has not been with the club for a year.

Usuthu will have to pay him a settlement if they let him go, and have thus placed him on 'special leave' in an attempt to change results on the field.

"The club is in a very tight situation because of the contract and they are still trying to find a solution on whether to bring him back or part ways, which is likely to happen," a close source tells KickOff.com.

Team manager Qedi Dlamini confirms that the club is still discussing what to do about Vukusic and gives an update on the club's forced break as South Africa's 21-day lockdown begins.

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"In terms of the coach, the owners of the club are still looking at his situation," Dlamini says.

"Regarding the lockdown there's nothing we can do at this time, as government ordered everyone to stay at home for the safety of everyone, which is something we must appreciate and obey.

"Our players were given training programmes after the announcement by State President Cyril Ramaphosa.

"Our fitness team updated the programme given to every player to follow in their homes and we hope the players will follow those orders and come back in a good state."

Usuthu will be hoping to repeat the same form they showed against Amakhosi when the league resumes as they fight for survival.

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