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Maritzburg Appoint New Coach

Motsepe Foundation Championship side Maritzburg United, who appeared to have set sight on Serbian Vladislav Herić as Zipho Dlangalala’s successor, have changed tact.

The KwaZulu-Natal club has instead appointed Simo Dladla, who was roped in by Dlangalala as his assistant at the start of the season.

Dladla previously coached Richards Bay, Royal AM, Royal Eagles and Real Kings, who he promoted to the PSL second tier from the ABC Motsepe League National League Playoffs.

“Simo Dladla is our coach and he has been appointed officially,” said Kadodia to iDiski Times.

Dlangalala, who many tip him to be good development coach, appeared to struggle in top -flight jobs such as Royal AM, University of Pretoria, TS Galaxy and now Maritzburg.

Despite being shown the door, the football was appealing in the eye, but the club fell off the cliff. They won five games of the 13 matches played, losing the other four.

“Correct,” said Kadodia in short when asked that Dlangalala’s team started well.

Meanwhile, Kadodia clarified the rumour of Heric taking over, with the 57-year-old having coached over 10 teams in South Africa. He promoted Chippa United in the 2013/14 season when he was assisted by late Roger Sikhakhane, something Maritzburg are up for right now after they dropped the tier last term.

Heric has coached Thanda Royal Zulu, Black Leopards, Bay United/Polokwane City, Ubuntu Cape Town, Royal Eagles, Cape Town All Stars, Marumo Gallants and Cape Town Spurs, which was his last role between October 2020 until January 2021.

According to iDiski Times sources, Heric was seen in Pietermaritzburg, fueling talks that he was going to join the club.

“No, he was one of 30 people who applied for the job, and that was it,” said Kadodia of Heric.

Dladla, as he has been given the hot seat, is expected to win promotion to DStv Premiership. The mandate was set for Dlangalala also but things didn’t work out before he was released on Tuesday.

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The Team of Choice is sitting seventh in the league table with 19 points, six points behind table-toppers Orbit College.

Dladla, who also had stint with Moroka Swallows, his first game in charge will be a visit to Upington City in their upcoming Motsepe Foundation Championship match on Saturday.

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN.