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Heric Confirms Chippa Exit

28 days after re-joining Chippa United, Vladislav Heric has confirmed to iDiski Times that he left the Gqeberha-based DStv Premiership club.

The Serbian-born coach had originally joined as a Technical Advisor, but subsequently took over as Head Coach, with Siyabulela Gwambi, who had served in the role in an interim period, returning to his role of assistant.

Heric was in charge for six games, five in the DStv Premiership, and for the Nedbank Cup final which they lost 1-0 to Tshakhuma. Of those league games he was in charge of, he won two, against Kaizer Chiefs and Stellenbosch, and drew two, but Chippa lost to Bloemfontein Celtic on Tuesday.

The former Bay United, Polokwane City, Ubuntu Cape Town and Cape Town Spurs coach had re-joined Chippa United for a third time.

The news of Heric’s exit broke on Wednesday, and the coach confirmed his exit from Chippa to iDiski Times on Wednesday night.

Heric, who has lived in South Africa for 16 years, spoke to iDiski Times in Edition 19 of the newspaper, and having had a number of short-lived jobs across the country, spoke about the problems coaches faced.

“But that belongs to politics of South African football, unfortunately, and there’s nothing we can do,” Heric told Rob Delport in that iDiski Times interview.

“That thing didn’t change in sixteen years, in some points get even worse. And you know, what I can say from the point of view of the coach of South Africa, I can say that we are very, very disrespected. In global point, no matter your foreign culture, you this culture, that culture, in global point coaches, that hasn’t been recognised as important in the team, there is a very big gap on that point, where we need to change because, obviously teams without a technical team and without the authority of technical teams are going nowhere.”

“So we have to change that politic, but obviously, as a coach, as much as I can try to make that input on that change. Because now for me, South Africa is my country now.”

“So I have to fight for prosperity of my country, isn’t it? And I will do everything I can from the coaching point and whatever point to make some positive changes. “

It has been reported that Lehlohonolo Seema has returned to the club, after his exit from Black Leopards, and will resume the head coach role he had at the start of the season.

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