Mngqithi and Madida to join Usuthu as Neil Tovey is shown the door

2010-07-01 00:00

THE AmaZulu technical bench will have two new faces next season as incoming head coach Manqoba Mngqithi is bringing in his own assistant.

The Witness has learnt that with Fani Madida set to assist Mngqithi, Calvin Petersen’s role will become redundant.

Petersen was roped in by Neil Tovey as his assistant, but although the two led AmaZulu to two cup semi-finals and one cup final last season, the management felt their efforts did not warrant their further stay in the team.

Petersen, a prolific goal-getter for Moroka Swallows and Durban Bush Bucks in the 1980s and the 1990s, said yesterday he is due to have a meeting with the club bosses this morning to clarify his future. “Only after that meeting will I be able to answer all your questions,” said Petersen.

Goalkeeper coach Graham Johnson’s position is not at risk given the impressive work he did with keepers Mbongeni Mzimela and Argentine Nick Grande. That the club conceded fewer goals (35) than in previous seasons is largely due to the veteran trainer’s input.

Usuthu director Graham O’Conor, who said Tovey’s sacking on Monday was because he had differences with the management about the club’s vision, said they will introduce the new coach tomorrow.

Usuthu fans will be hoping that the Mnqqithi-Madida combination will bring about the changes they have been yearning for.

When Petersen was hired, it was envisaged he would sharpen the attack of the club’s strikers, who fared disappointingly last season. The strikeforce could only produce 30 goals.

Madida’s last job was with Chiefs as assistant to coach Muhsin Ertugral.

Following a disastrous season in 2008/09, Madida was demoted to Chiefs’ U19 side, while Ertugral was shown the door.


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