AmaZulu have responded to a complaint by one of their former coaches to FIFA over his unfair dismissal, a case that could potentially see the Premier Soccer League club docked points if not dealt with swiftly.
The Siya crew understands that Jozef Vukusic, who was initially placed on special leave by Usuthu in March last year and later fired, is demanding compensation for the manner in which he was relieved of his duties.
And because he is a foreigner, the Serbian can bypass the domestic league channels and head straight to the world football governing body to dispute his sacking.
If he wins the case AmaZulu would have to pay a settlement fee or risk being docked points – a matter the club is well aware of having lost a similar battle in 2018 when the FIFA disciplinary committee ruled in favour of Namibian player Phinheas Nambadi, but when Usuthu failed to honour the ruling they were docked six points.
“It is the sole responsibility of the Sokhelas,” said Sandile Zungu, the AmaZulu chairman who purchased the ownership of the club from the Sokhela family in October last year.
“And they have given us an assurance that they will attend to the matter expeditiously. If they have to defend it, they will defend it, and if they have to settle they will settle because it is their responsibility.”
It’s not clear how much Vukusic is demanding, but the decision to place him on “special leave” came just six months into his three-year contract. He was subsequently dismissed in August last year, a month shy of the anniversary of his appointment.
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