Vermezovic confirms Tau axing
Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic has confirmed that Jimmy
Tau has been relieved of the captaincy after weeks of silence on the
Tau reportedly resigned as skipper at the end of September,
following Chiefs' loss to Golden Arrows in a league tie at Peter Mokaba
After the game, media reports claimed Vermezovic slammed his
senior players for failing to take responsibility on the field, but the
club denied that Tau had stepped down.
The defender was then dropped for the October 16 clash with Black
Leopards and when he made his return in the 2-1 Telkom Knockout loss to
Platinum Stars on Sunday, he did so without the armband which was
handed to Tinashe Nengomasha.
In a post match interview, Vermezovic admitted that Tau was no longer the captain.
"There is no problem between me and Jimmy Tau. I think these
stories started after our game against Golden Arrows," said the Serbian.
"We have four captains and Tinashe is one of them and Jimmy Tau
is still our player and you could see today he was fighting very well,
but not captain anymore. We will (release) a statement in the next few
days, but there is nothing personal between me and him," he said.
Vermezovic also poured cold water over reports that he lambasted his players after the Arrows match.
He said: "I also heard a lot of bad things that I came to the
dressing room after the game against Golden Arrows and that I shouted at
the players. I was not in the dressing room as I was in the press
conference and after that I went to the bus, so that's nonsense."