African All Stars coach Sibusiso Zuma has resigned after being snatched up by former employers and newly-promoted National First Division (NFD) side JDR Stars.
The Tshwane-based club has appointed Zuma as first assistant to coach and club owner Nditsheni Nemasisi, after he led Amazozo to a 11th place finish on the Gauteng ABC Motsepe League log in the 2018/19 season. Zuma, who spent two seasons with the Tsakane club after initially being appointed as one of the assistants to former coach Mhleli Xaba, took over as head coach in the early stages of last season after Xaba’s departure. The club also had one of the assistants Themba Zwane as the head coach after parting ways with Xaba, but that was later reversed.
Zuma previously helped JDR to win the ABC Motsepe League – in the 2015/2016 season – although they immediately returned to the league after failing to also win the promotion playoffs. About re-joining the club, the coach said, “It’s an honour for me to get this opportunity, to be part of the team in the NFD. It shows (that) when you work hard someone is watching. Through my commitment to All Stars, I’ve been recognized. It’s a big challenge that I’ve taken and I’m willing to work hard.”
Zuma is likely to be replaced by a new face in the All Stars technical area, as the club now has just three coaches in the senior team, Zwane and Themba Ntuli, while the other is goalkeeper coach Billy Simelane. Ntuli worked with Xaba for a few seasons but was overlooked when the latter vacated his position, and the club instead brought back Zwane, only for him to be redeployed as Zuma’s assistant.
The club, which is now the sole representative of Kwatsaduza in the league after Kwa-Thema’s XI Experience got relegated last season, is also expected to make a number of changes to the playing personnel after the poor season it had.
The 2019/2020 season is expected to start in the first or second week of September.