AmaZulu have confirmed that Ayanda Dlamini has stepped aside as head coach of the side, with the more experienced Allan Freese to take temporary charge of the team.
Rookie coach Dlamini, 36, had been set to herald in a brave new era for Usuthu under owner Sandile Zungu, but has decided to gain more experience in the club’s development ranks.
“Assistant coach Allan Freese will step in as interim head coach of Usuthu while the club’s management evaluate a way forward,” AmaZulu said in a statement.
Dlamini, a former star striker with the side, took over in February 2020 and helped the Durban-based side avoid relegation.
“Coach Ayanda has done a phenomenal job since assuming the head coaching role. The passion and zeal the players have demonstrated under his tenure as head coach demonstrates that he is one of the prospects for the future,” Zungu said.
“We will continue to trust him with the advancement of our development structures because he is fully committed to Vision 2032. His role is very integral in ensuring that AmaZulu have a solid base of young players coming through the ranks.”
“We inherited them from the previous administration, and we made it very clear when we came on board that everybody has got to prove themselves,” he said after unveiling a new-look administration last week.
Zungu continued: “If you’re a member of the technical team, whether a coach or assistant or responsible for the conditioning and toning of the players and the product and outcomes are not visible, you’re expendable.”
Now the club has confirmed Dlamini has stepped down with ‘immediate effect’ and redeployed into a development coach role again.
Usuthu are next in action at home to Lamontville Golden Arrows in a local derby on December 15, having been held to a 1-1 draw by TTM at the weekend. They currently have six points from a possible 18 this season.