Cape Town City place head coach Jan Olde Riekerink on 'administrative leave'

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Jan Olde Riekerink (Gallo Images)
Jan Olde Riekerink (Gallo Images)

PSL side Cape Town City on Monday announced that head coach Jan Olde Riekerink has been placed on "administrative leave", with immediate effect.

The Cape side went on to confirm that coach Diogo Peral would assume head coaching duties of the first-team squad until further notice.

"The club can confirm that it has placed coach Jan Olde Riekerink on administrative leave, with immediate effect," a statement read via Twitter.

"Club assistant coach Diogo Peral will take charge of the team until further notice."

Dutchman Riekerink was appointed as CT City head coach in November 2019 as a replacement for the outgoing Benni McCarthy.

The 58-year-old has been in charge at City for exactly 50 matches with a record of 19 wins, 13 draws with 18 defeats for a points-per-game (PPG) ratio of 1.40.

In comparison, McCarthy's PPG while at City was higher at 1.48 before transforming new side AmaZulu into title challengers with an exceptional PPG currently at 2.14.

The Citizens suffered consecutive defeats in their previous two matches with a 5-1 hammering, coincidentally to McCarthy's AmaZulu, followed by a 1-0 loss to TTM over the weekend.

Riekerink also made headlines recently when it was reported by Soccer Laduma that defender Taariq Fielies was left out of the traveling squad for Saturday's clash against TTM for showing allegiance to McCarthy.

According to the report, Fielies embraced McCarthy and shook his hand after the final whistle.

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