Dladla walking on tightrope

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Richards Bay FC coach Sifiso ‘Pitso’ Dladla is skating on thin ice with his job not safe after some string of poor results.

The Natal Rich Boys have lost three matches on the trot.

They went down 1-0 in the KZN Derby against Uthongathi, followed by a 2-0 home defeat against Black Leopards and the recent 4-0 routing at the hands of Polokwane City.

With five rounds of matches done and dusted in the GladAfrica Championship they have only collected four out of a possible 15 points.

This has also cast doubt on the new assembled team on the field and on the bench, though it may still be too early in the season.

Many people who have watched the team play under the guidance of previous coach Simo Dladla have described the current team as a shadow of its former self.

The club’s chairman Sifiso Biyela is known as someone who plays his cards close to his chest and unpredictable in terms of his next move.

But if the recent events at Richards Bay FC are anything to by, soon we might see heads roll. This is the same man who let go of Allan Freese in pre-season for contrary style of play from the team’s culture.

With the three men ‘Pitso’, Ronnie Gabriel and Sifiso Msomi at the helm and results not fourth coming, it would be no surprise to see some changes in the technical team.

Dladla has described the rough patch as a learning curve for the players, as they try to instill their philosophy to the players.

The big question is, will Biyela be patient with this learning curve while other new teams, the likes of Hungry Lions and Platinum City Rovers have hit the ground running?

The Natal Rich Boys missed out on promotion to the top flight last season and it was expected that they build on that in the new season.

The poor run will not be welcomed by many, as they have made some great acquisitions in the transfer window.

With their next match against another Limpopo side in Venda Football Academy on Saturday 25 September 2021 at King Zwelithini Stadium, anything will be expected if the team fails to collect maximum points.

All eyes will be on the chairman to see if he will be willing to allow the new technical team to experiment at the cost of results.

By Wonga Sirayi

FARPost’s KZN Reporter