AmaZulu stand by Joey Antipas

HARARE - South African First Division side AmaZulu have denied newspaper claims that they have sacked Zimbabwean coach Joey Antipas.

AmaZulu general manager Lunga Sokhela refuted claims by a Durban-based newspaper that Usuthu had hired Vladislav Heric to replace the Zimbabwean.

“We’re completely dumbfounded by the claim, and we’d like to put on record that the directors of AmaZulu, management and players are completely behind coach Antipas,” Sokhela said.

“The mood is very good at the club and we’re all fully committed to our effort as a club to fight for promotion under Antipas.”

Antipas has had an indifferent start to his reign in the South African second tier with Usuthu currently sitting in sixth place on the log with 13 points from nine games.

Under the former Chicken Inn and Motor Action coach, AmaZulu won three of their first four league matches.

However, the Durban-based side lost four matches on the trot before ending that poor run with a 2-0 win over Mbombela United at the weekend.

Antipas’ side now trail log leaders Thanda Royal Zulu by eight points as the season heads towards the midway stage. AmaZulu are however, just two points off the last play-off spot.

Meanwhile, South African First Division side Magesi FC have appointed veteran Zimbabwean Shepherd Murape to take over from Jackie Ledwaba.

“The club management has effectively appointed Murape as its head coach. He will start working with the team as from tomorrow,” Magesi announced on their Twitter feed.

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