Richards Bay will be content with staying afloat for now
Losing Sikhakhane not affecting team
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.