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Coach On Challenging Contractual Situation: ‘Three Weeks Per Year For Family'

Polokwane City coach, Jozef Vukusic, has broken his silence on his challenging contractual situation at the club.

The Slovakian has led Rise and Shine to an impressive fifth place finish on the Absa Premiership log for the 2018/19 season, despite the challenges without his family. 

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“The season was good, because I know the potential of the team and the potential of the club. We (finished above) many clubs with better resources (ending with a better points tally). That was very good for me and the players,” the coach said about the recently completed season.

With the club on their end-of-season break, Vukusic wasted no time in travelling to Slovakia to be with his family. Before he boarded the plane, he told the Siya crew about his contract situation at Polokwane and his future, “To be honest, I am not dealing with any offers, because I am under contract with Polokwane City. I am very grateful to the club. The chairman brought me here to this league and this league is very good. I like coaching here.”

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However, Vukusic is concerned that he was without his family during his entire time in Mzansi. 

“The only challenge I have is that of my family situation. My family hasn’t been here with me. I must solve this challenge. I didn’t see my family enough this year, but I respect the contract. But my family is very important to me. This year was very tough for me. I have been coaching for (a long time) but I have never been in a situation like this – that we couldn’t see each other. (We’ve seen each other) for only three weeks (out of) the whole year. It’s not easy. I will be having a meeting with my family and my biggest issue is with my 10-year-old daughter Sandra. She will decide about everything,” the coach added.

Asked why did not have his family in Polokwane with him, the coach said, “My daughter is in school and in Polokwane I didn’t get that condition to bring my family over here. It hasn’t been easy for my family as well.”

Vukusic told the Siya crew that he would be happy to see Rise and Shine improve their facilities and resources.   

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