Usuthu re­call play­ers for Chiefs clash

Four sus­pended play­ers re­turn, for­mer Amakhosi star re­mains side­lined

Pretoria News - - SPORT - MINENHLE MKHIZE minenhle.mkhize@inl.co.za SOC­CER

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.

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NH­LANHLA Vi­lakazi is back at train­ing af­ter he was sus­pended by coach Jozef Vuku­sic. |

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