Lunga Sokhela says the AmaZulu players pushed for goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs to assist Ayanda Dlamini, who took over at the club from Jozef Vukusic.
Dlamini and Josephs were placed in interim charge of Usuthu after Vukusic was placed on 'special leave' following a woeful start to the 2019/20 Premier League season.
The duo saw an upturn in attitude in their short spell in charge, beating Kaizer Chiefs, ahead of the enforced break as a result of the coronavirus.
Now, the AmaZulu general manager says the players helped influence the decision. He told IOL: "To be honest with you, it was the players that approached me and said, 'boss, can you please allow Moeneeb to assist Ayanda'.
"Moeneeb is a good motivator and is well connected with the players and he is experienced. He is a good personality to have in the change-room as well as on the bench."
Josephs, who is 39-years-old, officially remains a player, with Sokhela adding: "He hasn't officially told us that he will be retiring but he mentioned it here and there. But there hasn’t been any official word. For now, we take him as player.
"What tomorrow holds, I'm not sure. I wouldn’t rule out Moeneeb moving to coaching. I think he will be a good coach but we need to take guidance from him."
- TEAMtalk media