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’DOWNS NAME INTERIM CO-COACHES

MBABANE – “We are in deep trouble.”

These were the words of Denver Sundowns Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Elvis Dube, after the unceremonious departure of Head Coach Gcina Dlamini. The former Moneni Pirates gaffer tendered his resignation letter on Wednesday, after reaching a mutual understanding with Ikappa Kappa management. He reportedly stepped down on medical grounds. He leaves the team he joined about three games into the current season after a short-stint with rookies Seven Dreams.

The former Manzini Sea Birds mentor has helped Sundowns occupy position eight on the standings with 26 points in 22 games; he left with four matches to play in the current 2022/23 MTN Premier League season. Dube, reacting on the coach’s departure, said he left at a time when they needed him the most as he was on course to achieve the club’s goal of finishing in the top six. He, however, highlighted that the duo of coaches Fani Sithole and Percy Shongwe would keep the fires burning while waiting for the Chairman, Mike Carmichael, to address the issue. “The two will work together, as they have the knowledge they got from Coach Gcina and once the chairman is back from South Africa, we will meet and forge a way forward,” Dube said.

Recovery

He also said the coach reported to them a while back that he was not well; however, they never anticipated that he would leave so soon. “We wish him a speedy recovery from his illness and we hope he will return soon in local football,” he said. He further said that they would soldier on and was hopeful that they would attain their mandate of finishing in a respectful position. Meanwhile, Dlamini confirmed that he had left the club after they reached a mutual understanding after he fell sick.