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Coaches of AmaZulu and Sundowns in the firing line this weekend

Following Tuesday's axing of Ajax Cape Town coach Maarten Stekelenburg, defeat at the weekend for Johan Neeskens of Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu coach Roger Palmgren could see them fired next.

Speculation over the future of the pair has reached fever pitch in the wake of setbacks last weekend and multiple media reports have detailed them being told they must win their next match or get ready to pack their bags.

Neeskens was physically assaulted at the weekend, slapped in the face by an errant fan and had to run cowering from the potential of more blows from supporters who tried to attack him after his side were beaten at Moroka Swallows.

It was the fifth loss in six matches for the Pretoria-based club, who were considered among the pre-season favourites but find themselves languishing near the bottom of the league table.

They are ahead of Ajax and AmaZulu on goal difference only. The three sides all have only a single win from their first six matches of the new season.

Ajax lost for a third successive time on Saturday but the nature and score line of their 5-1 home defeat at the hands of newly promoted Pretoria University led to them getting rid of Stekelenburg.

Palmgren returned from a week in his native Sweden, where he attended his mother’s funeral, in time to see AmaZulu lose 2-1 at Platinum Stars on Saturday.

Their only success this season came while he was away when Fani Madida took temporary charge of the midweek win over Moroka Swallows.

There has been two coaching casualties in the PSL this season. New boys Chippa United fired Manqoba Mngqithi after just two matches, before Ajax did likewise with Stekelenburg.