Rosslee hot favourite to land AmaZulu head coach job

Former Ajax Cape Town coach is leading contender to replace axed Roger Palmgren

Craig Rosslee is hotly tipped to become the new coach of AmaZulu, though the club say the decision on their new tactician may only be made next week.

Rosslee, who led Ajax Cape Town to the 2008 Telkom Knockout title and was also assistant coach at Orlando Pirates in their ‘treble’ winning 2010/11 campaign, is believed the be the front-runner for Usuthu.

They are seeking a replacement for the Swede Roger Palmgren, who was sacked on Monday after the club slipped to the bottom of the Absa Premiership following their 1-0 home loss to Free State Stars at the weekend.

Rosslee, a fullback in his day with most notably the now defunct Hellenic club, has been most recently working as an analyst for the SuperSport satellite channel after a brief spell at National First Division (NFD) side Mpumalanga Black Aces.

Other names to have been bandied about are Neil Tovey, who has twice before coaches the side and led them to the 2010 Nedbank Cup final where they lost to BidVest Wits.

He was on a short-list of five for the Bafana Bafana coaching job before Gordon Igesund was given the nod earlier this year, but his last departure from Usuthu in 2010 was fairly acrimonious.

He has also had a spell with NFD side Thanda Royal Zulu last season, but failed to help them to promotion.

Another possibility is to hand the job to Fani Madida full-time. The assistant to Palmgren has been given the reigns in a caretaker capacity, but his experience in the top-flight as a head coach is limited.