By By Sibusiso Masilela and Sibusiso Dlamini | 2019-01-11
SOCCER – FORMER Sihlangu interim coach Anthony Mdluli has joined Manzini Sea Birds as the new head coach for the MTN Premier League rookies.
Mdluli assumed his duties on Tuesday afternoon where he started drilling the hub outfit together with ex-coach Sibusiso Mngomezulu, who has since assumed the assistant coach position.
Mdluli has been mandated to lead the reigning National First Division champions to a respectable finish at the end of the current campaign.
Sea Birds Manager London Dlamini also confirmed the news when contacted yesterday.
“ Mr Mdluli is our new coach and he has been tasked to guide the team to a top eight finish at the end of the season. We will then sit down with the coach to discuss a contract after reviewing his performance and we are delighted to have a coach of his calibre in the team.”
“We are also confident that he would help to change the fortunes of the team and also develop young talent in the team. We are appealing to our supporters to give the new coach full support during his stay with the team,” he said.
Mdluli recently made way for the newly appointed Sihlangu head coach Kostadin Papic at the helm of the senior national side.
He has led the nation’s pride in three AFCON 2019 Qualifiers against Egypt, Tunisia and Niger and during the 2018 COSAFA Senior challenge held last year in South Africa. He also served as assistant to Dutchman Pieter De Jongh at the nation’s pride and further had a stint with hub giants Manzini Wanderers about four years ago. Mdluli first official Sea Birds assignment would be tomorrow during the MTN Premier League clash against Vovovo FC at the King Sobhuza II Stadium.
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