Maritzburg United have announced Delron Buckley will assume the role as caretaker coach following the sacking of Eric Tinkler.
Buckley, 42, was appointed as Tinkler's assistant in September after the surprise exit of Vincent Kobola but has now moved into the hot seat after the sacking of his former Bafana Bafana teammate.
"It's a normal situation when a coach goes, players start thinking about what's going to happen," Buckley told the club's website after the news was confirmed.
"For me now as a caretaker coach I have to boost the players' morale. Get them motivated and get them prepared for the game on Friday.
"It's up to the players to take the situation into their own hands. It's a do or die game and the minute they put their foot onto the pitch, they must realise that if we are going to win, we are going to have to be aggressive and challenge for every ball.
"Sometimes when the going gets tough, you can't play pretty football. You have to play the ugly way to win games."
Buckley's first game in charge will see the Team of Choice host SuperSport at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday evening.
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