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Arrows fire Lehlohonolo Seema after Sundowns drubbing

Lamontville Golden Arrows coach Lehlohonolo Seema during his team's 6-0 DStv Premiership thrashing at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld on April 12 2022.
Lamontville Golden Arrows coach Lehlohonolo Seema during his team's 6-0 DStv Premiership thrashing at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld on April 12 2022.
Image: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

Lamontville Golden Arrows have sacked coach Lehlohonolo Seema, the club announced on Wednesday evening.

Seema’s departure from the club owned by Premier Soccer League acting CEO Mato Madlala comes a day after Arrows’ record 6-0 humbling against Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld on Tuesday. Abafana Abafana Bes’thende had previously lost by a largest margin of four goals.

Arrows said: “Lamontville Golden Arrows and Lehlohonolo Seema have amicably parted ways with immediate effect. Vusumuzi Vilakazi and Mabuthi Khenyeza will serve as interim coaches until the end of the season.”

Arrows, who enjoyed a best Premiership finish of fourth place last season under Seema’s predecessor, current Orlando Pirates coach Mandla Ncikazi, are languishing in ninth this campaign.

The drubbing against Sundowns came as part of a run of 12 games where Arrows have won three matches, drawn four and lost five.

Seema produced a strange, somewhat bullish response asked on Tuesday in the press conference after the loss at Loftus if he feared for his job.

“Are you firing me? When the club finished in position four, was I here? No,” Seema said.

“This season, I’m working on my journey also. Why would I be disappointed? There’s still six games to go and I’m not the last team on the log.

 “So, please let’s stay positive, let’s encourage these small boys and the guys that are playing their first season in the PSL.

“That team that finished in the top four, how long have they been together? But I’m still a Golden Arrows coach.”

Seema's firing was the second this week of a Premiership coach after Kaitano Tembo departed SuperSport United on Tuesday.

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