AmaZayoni prays for ‘Shakes’ return

2011-04-09 20:58

Absa Premiership strugglers Mpumalanga Black Aces are hoping that assistant coach Isaac “Shakes” Kungwane will reverse his decision and return to club.

Kungwane plunged the AmaZayoni dressing room into further turmoil following his resignation midweek.

The former Kaizer Chiefs darling, who was brought to the club by ousted coach Paul Dolezar in January, tendered his resignation via SMS shortly after the club’s 1-0 win over AmaZulu midweek.

He refused to divulge the reasons behind his departure saying that “it was just a matter of principle”.

Aces chief executive Marc Grune said the club has not replaced Kungwane yet, and was hoping that the former Bafana Bafana midfielder “would change his mind”.

“It won’t make sense to bring in someone with just four games to go. We (management) had discussions and we hope that Shakes might change his mind,” Grune told City Press on Saturday.

City Press has learnt that some of the senior players are struggling to come to terms with the departure of Shakes, who is known for his jovial nature.
The latest setback follows a few days after the club axed midfielder Benedict Vilakazi and defender Sydney Plaatjies for ill-discipline.

Despite their victory on Wednesday – the club’s fourth win in 26 matches – Aces are still stuck at the bottom of the log, trailing 15th placed Moroka Swallows by seven points.

The only positive for the club so far is their smooth sailing in the Nedbank Cup where they have qualified for the quarterfinals.

In their remaining league matches, AmaZayoni, will face Kaizer Chiefs (next Saturday), Maritzburg United, Bloemfontein Celtic and Moroka Swallows. 

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