An assistant coach from one of the PSL clubs has been relieved of his coaching duties from the team.
It was recently revealed by the Siya crew that Fani Mthethwa, who has been an assistant coach at Baroka FC, had been suspended by the club.
Speaking to the Siya crew, Mthethwa has confirmed receiving 'a letter of dismissal' from the Limpopo outfit this week.
“I have just received a letter from them saying that I have been dismissed. I had been on suspension for two weeks or so, leading up to Chippa game (that was at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium on September 15). I went to a hearing with their lawyer, and now I have just received a letter that I have been dismissed. I will be challenging that,” confirmed the coach.
Baroka are 15th on the Absa Premiership log with only one win from 10 matches this season.
“They just went on with the emotions because there is no case there. They just wanted to get rid of me because I stood up, defended some players that were being victimised by certain individuals who would decide, ‘Coach don’t play this one, this one must come out he is tired.’ I decided that, that wasn’t going to happen. So, I ended up being a target. They tried to find a way to remove me… I was defending the coach (Wedson Nyirenda), you know, they would come and say things to me and I would say, ‘No, I’m defending the head coach,’" he added.
"People in South Africa know those assistant coaches who would say, ‘No, it wasn’t me, I told this guy (head coach) that we mustn’t be defensive, we have to be more attacking.’ So, when they came up to me and said, ‘Coach, but why did you play like that in the second half?’ I wouldn’t entertain that. So, they thought, ‘This guy is defending the head coach,’” said Mthethwa.
Contacted for comment, Baroka’s CEO Morgan Mammila has confirmed the dismissal of Mthethwa to the Siya crew, he but would not reveal the name of his replacement in Nyirenda’s technical team.