Is Vukusic safe at bottom-placed AmaZulu?

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The alarm bells have started to ring for AmaZulu FC head coach Josef Vukusic with his team bottom of the log and winless in their last five matches, with four losses.

Their 1-0 loss this past weekend to the rejuvenated Orlando Pirates side at Orlando Stadium will surely leave the Usuthu management with a lot of questions than answers.

They are level on 17 points with Polokwane City and Black Leopards with 10 games to go but an inferior goal difference sees them occupying the bottom spot. Vukusic says they’ve been doing their best to turn things around.

When Vukusic joined AmaZulu in September last year, the team had not won a single match, with three losses and two draws under Cavin Johnson who has since been suspended at Leopards due to poor results.

The Slovakian has managed to win four matches during his time but lost eight matches in the process and drew only three. He says the management is aware of the situation and won’t judge him on the five matches from this year.

What Vukusic doesn’t know is that Usuthu’s management has been engaging other coaches with the possibility of taking over and former Leopards coach Luc Eymael who is now in Tanzania exposed that.

SABC Sport understands that the name of Pirates assistant coach has also been rumoured about to be linked to AmaZulu. The former Polokwane City had all sorts of excuses after the Pirates loss.

With the transfer window closing this week, Vukusic doesn’t think that they need more players as he feels that he’s got a balanced squad of youth with experience which can get them out of this hole.

AmaZulu are no strangers to fighting relegation, even for them to return to the elite league they had to buy the status of Thanda Royal Zulu (now Richards Bay FC) who had won promotion to the PSL few years ago.

The hard-to-please Usuthu fans are not happy and Vukusic is making a promise to them.

Report by Velile Mnyandu