AmaZulu FC have announced the appointment of former striker Ayanda Dlamini as the club’s new head coach ahead of the new Premier Soccer League (PSL) season.
Dlamini has been handed a three-year deal as head coach after he managed to save ‘Usuthu’ from relegation as caretaker coach, along with his assistant Moeneeb Josephs.
The former AmaZulu striker takes over from Josef Vukusic, who parted ways with the club midway through the previous campaign after a series of poor results.
In his first assignment as caretaker coach in March, Dlamini guided AmaZulu to a massive 1-0 victory over Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium.
The KwaZulu Natal outfit concluded the 2019-20 campaign in 13th place on the log standings with Dlamini at the helm in the last seven league matches.
Under Dlamini in the PSL Bio-Bubble, AmaZulu only lost one of their six encounters, collecting seven crucial points in the process.
“We managed to do what we had to do to survive and I really have to take off my hat for Mr Dlamini as well as his technical team for a job well done,” said AmaZulu general manager Lunga Sokhela on Tuesday in a virtual press conference.
“With that being said, an official decision was made today by the board of directors to hand Mr Ayanda Dlamini a permanent contract as the head coach of AmaZulu.
“We will be working with him in the next couple of days in identifying a suitable assistant for him. Looking at the vision for the club is in a mission to develop its own, it is critical that the coaches that we put in these positions are coaches that will be able to take youngsters and develop them,” concluded Sokhela.
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