Richards Bay have fired head coach Vasili Manousakis and his two assistant coaches, Pitso Dladla and Ronnie Gabriel ahead of the 2023/2024 season.

The DStv Premiership side released a statement on Wednesday, confirming the letting go of coaches after just a season in the top flight.

The former AmaZulu assistant coach, Manousakis, took charge as a head coach in August 2022, while Gabriel and Pitso were with the team from 2021.

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The three men have guided the Natal Rich Boys to a good first half of the season, keeping them in second position for quite a time.

But a poor second-round of the season record, consisting of losses and draws, helped bring an end to the coaches’ tenures at the club.

The KwaZulu-Natal outfit were fighting to avoid the relegation axe and eventually, they ended in the 13th spot in the table with 33 points.

Richards Bay fire Vasili Manousakis and his coaching Staff
Pitso Dladla


Manousakis has been sacked together with his entire technical team, just less than a few months before the next season commences.

“Richards Bay Football Club would like to announce the departure of head coach MR. Vasili Manousakis, Mr. Pitso Dladla and Mr. Ronnie Gabriel, the two assistant coaches,” the club stated.

“The club would like to thank them for their contribution during last season. We wish them all the best in their future Endeavors.

“The announcement of the new technical team is in due course.”

By Clifton Mabasa