Saturday 2019-01-19




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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