Dlamini relishes Usuthu challenge


AmaZulu FC head coach Ayanda Dlamini has thanked the club’s management for giving him the opportunity to lead the team on a permanent basis.

The Ulundi-born tactician has been rewarded with a three-year deal by the club management after guiding Usuthu to safety in the Absa Premiership during the 2019/20 season.

The man nicknamed Cobra was on the books of AmaZulu between 2009 and 2016 as a hardworking centre forward in the elite league.

Cobra then served as Usuthu’s reserve team coach after retiring from professional football and his side excelled in the Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC).

“Having been here for years as a player and understanding the culture I have to make sure that I work hard here to try and bring the happy days back for the club,” Dlamini said.

“I want to thank the management who have given me this chance to lead such a big club as we all know.

“This is a massive opportunity for me as young as I am in terms of coaching and I am looking forward to the challenge ahead with AmaZulu.”

The 35-year-old tactician was appointed interim coach in early March 2020 with Slovakian coach Jozef Vukusic placed on special leave as Usuthu found themselves in a relegation position for much of the season.

Dlamini guided AmaZulu to an impressive 1-0 win over then-Absa Premiership log leaders Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium in his first match in charge of the first team in March 2020.

He then oversaw six matches in the bio-bubble with Usuthu recording four draws, one defeat and one win and the team finished the season on position 13 on the league standings.

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