Lamontville Golden Arrows shocked the football community in South Africa on Wednesday evening as they announced the departure of Mandla Ncikazi despite a hugely successful season for Abafana Bes’thende.
Arrows were one of the most impressive sides in the 2020-21 inaugural DStv Premiership campaign as Ncikazi guided the Durban-based outfit to a fourth-placed finish in the league.
Thus, the coach’s departure has shocked many as it brings an end an almost 15-year spell at Arrows for Ncikazi.
Abafana Bes’thende part ways with head coach
Lamontville Golden Arrows F. C. announces that the club along with Coach Mandla Ncikazi have reached an agreement to amicably part ways.
— Lamontville Golden Arrows FC (@goldenarrowsfc1) June 16, 2021
The club revealed the news in a statement:
‘Lamontville Golden Arrows FC announces that the club along with Coach Mandla Ncikazi have reached an agreement to amicably part ways.
‘We would like to thank him for his exceptional service, in different spells, over a 15-year period. Not only in the first team but also in the youth structures and the past, present and future stars produced during his time.
‘He leaves through an open door and like any member of the family, he is welcome back at any time. We wish him well in his future endeavours.’
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