Rosslee insulted by supporters

2014-10-03 00:00

THE pressure on AmaZulu coach Craig Rosslee reached new heights yesterday when a group of angered Usuthu supporters gathered at the club’s People’s Park training complex to call for his sacking.

AmaZulu general manager Peter O’Connor and marketing manager Lunga Sokhela were at pitch-side watching Rosslee conduct his training session when a group of about 10 supporters approached them, wanting to know if and when Rosslee would be relieved of his duties.

Rosslee, according to the club’s public relations and communications manager Philani Mabaso, was the victim of verbal abuse but did not react to the harsh words that were flying his way. “We often have supporters who come to watch the training sessions because the facilities are open to the public,” said Mabaso.

“This group of supporters was clearly angered at the coach not picking up points.”

As training drew near a close and Usuthu were practising penalties ahead of their Telkom Knockout clash against Bloemfontein Celtic tomorrow, a couple of the supporters got very close to the pitch.

“At no stage was there any violence, just words,” said Mabaso.

After training, Rosslee made his way to his car and left People’s Park without acknowledging the mob.

Speculation surrounding the future of the coach has spiralled out of control this week, with reports of emergency meetings between Rosslee and the board amounting to nothing more than rumours.

“From what I can tell, Craig is still the coach of this team and will be in charge on Saturday, unless something changes,” said Mabaso.

In a press conference earlier this week, Rosslee was adamant that he will not resign as manager of the club. AmaZulu remain the only PSL club without a win this season after seven rounds of fixtures, leading to speculation that tomorrow’s cup tie against Celtic at Princess Magogo Stadium could be “do-or-die” for Rosslee. The match starts at 8.15 pm and will be on SABC 1.

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