Richards Bay will be con­tent with stay­ing afloat for now

Los­ing Sikhakhane not af­fect­ing team

Sowetan - - Sport - By Sihle Nde­bele

Richards Bay chair­man Jomo Biyela is adamant the club will cope af­ter part­ing ways with their in­flu­en­tial coach Roger Sikhakhane last month.

Af­ter guid­ing Thanda Royal Zulu to the Pre­mier­ship last sea­son, Sikhakhane was ap­pointed new coach of Richards Bay, the club that ac­quired AmaZulu’s Na­tional First Di­vi­sion sta­tus at the start of the sea­son.

Sikhakhane has asked to be re­lieved of his du­ties two months af­ter tak­ing over at Richards Bay, cit­ing his wish to fo­cus on grow­ing his busi­ness as a rea­son to quit his man­age­rial post.

“His [Sikhakhane’s] de­par­ture did not af­fect the team at all. As much as he was do­ing a great job, we had to re­spect his wishes,” Biyela told Sowe­tan yes­ter­day. We have not lost even a sin­gle game since he left [and] that tells you that we are mov­ing on.”

Pro­mo­tion to the elite league at the end of the sea­son is the last thing the “Rich Boyz” are think­ing of. Biyela said they, in­stead, had set a three-year plan for the club to be pro­moted, adding that a top-10 fin­ish was a re­al­is­tic goal. “We are still build­ing. I know that once the team has gelled things will change for the bet­ter.” He con­firmed that Jomo Ntuli, who re­placed Sikhakhane, will re­main in charge un­til a per­ma­nent coach is found.

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