Usuthu recall players for Chiefs clash
Four suspended players return, former Amakhosi star remains sidelined
AMAZULU have recalled four of the five “suspended” players for their clash against Kaizer Chiefs tomorrow at FNB Stadium.
Last month, Usuthu placed on “special leave” Michael Morton, Thembela Sikhakhane, Jabulani Ncobeni, Lehlohonolo Majoro and Nhlanhla Vilakazi.
The five were suspended for bringing negativity in the camp.
Independent Media has been reliably informed that the interim coach has decided to recall four of the five suspended players at Usuthu.
“The suspended players are back. The only player that is still suspended is Lehlohonolo Majoro. Ncobeni, Sikhakhane and Vilakazi were all at training. I don’t know what happened with Michael Morton because he was also supposed to be back at training today but didn’t pitch up,” a source explained in an interview with Independent Online.
Usuthu are at the foot of the table with 20 points after 23 games. At the start of the week, they put their coach Jozef Vukusic on special leave. Ayanda Dlamini has taken over the coaching reins on an interim basis. He will be assisted by veteran goalkeeper Moeneeb Joseph.
“UMajoro uyadedela (he is arrogant) and that’s why they decided not to recall him. He will continue to train on his own. The rest are back and they look positive,” the source added.
AmaZulu media officer, Brilliant Mkhathini, confirmed the return of four players.
“Yes, it is true that Sikhakhane, Ncobeni, Vilakazi and Morton are back with the first team. Majoro is still not back but I’ll have to get more information from the management regarding his status,” Mkhathini said.
Team manager Qedi Dlamini said the technical team are responsible for player selection.
“The coaches are the ones that recommended that these players train on their own and we granted them that permission. They also came back to us and asked that four of the players come back and train with the first team. We also granted them that. They recommended those four players. I can confirm that they are in contention for selection against Kaizer Chiefs. The coach will decide if they will go with the team or not. Remember, we want people that are committed,” Dlamini explained.
Norman Mapeza who resigned as the head coach of Chippa United this week is rumoured to be in Durban.
“No, it is not true that Mapeza is coming to us. We are not talking to any coach right now. I think people are speculating because I saw that he is in Durban. We can’t hire someone while we still have a coach. The coach was not fired but is on a special leave. There’s an investigation that is ongoing after the allegations that were raised by the players. He is on a special leave until the 13th (of March),” Dlamini explained.
NHLANHLA Vilakazi is back at training after he was suspended by coach Jozef Vukusic. |