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Thabo Johnson

Thabo Johnson

Bloemfontein Celtic coach Khabo Zondo, who was on Saturday accused of being "arrogant" by one of their senior players, was last night fired for the second time in a matter of five weeks.

Speculation is rife that the club is, among other things, targeting the league championship winning coach, Gordon Igesund, who was not answering his cellphone last night.

Zondo was earlier fired after a string of poor results. But that decision did not go down well with the club's influential supporters - Siwelele sa Masokolara - who demanded that he be reinstated and the management duly obliged.

However, tensions built up and resulted with some supporters staying away from the team's matches.

Durban-based Gary Goldstone, after the team lost 3-0 to Lamontville Golden Arrows, blamed it all on Zondo.

Goldstone told reporters that Zondo had told players at training that there was no need to prepare for teams such as Arrows, an accusation that Zondo chose not to respond directly to.

Zondo again elected not to comment on the latest events bar to confirm that he has been fired again.

Celtic's public relations officer, Sello Nduna, though told Sowetan that they had parted ways with Zondo, who won the Telkom Charity Cup for them last season.

"The management felt that the loss to Lamontville Golden Arrows was the last straw," said Nduna.

He said Simon Gopane and David Modise would be joint caretaker coaches while the team searched for a suitable replacement for Zondo.

"We are already in the hunt for a coach and the club is engaging a few prospective candidates to take over. The plan is to have a coach to take over during the remaining matches," Nduna added.

Nduna said comments made by Goldstone had not been considered in their decision to fire Zondo.

"Goldstone's matter will be handled internally. He has already apologised for the public comment made regarding the coach," he said.

An informed source told Sowetan that on Monday Ike Augousti, Celtic's chief executive officer, had been in contact with Igesund.

But Igesund is not likely to come any cheaper, even though the club seems desperate to hire him to perhaps save the team from possibly failing to end in the top eight bracket of the Absa Premiership.


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