After much prayer and thought, Casey Prince has made the hard decision to step down from his role as Head Coach and make way for a fresh face as the team prepare to move up the table.
As the Managing Director of the Ubuntu Football Trust, Coach Casey felt it would be in the best interest of the team, and of the organisation as a whole, to relinquish his role as Head Coach so that he can get back to bringing day to day leadership and vision to the whole organisation and to bring in an experienced Head Coach that can help make the club successful.
Prince, who initially took on the role as caretaker after Roger Links left the club, enjoyed a successful end to the 2017/18 NFD campaign; putting the club on the map with an incredible Nedbank Cup run which saw the team get knocked out in the Quarter Finals against eventual-champions Free State Stars after defeating PSL big-guns, Polokwane City and Amazulu. The team also retained their NFD status with a brave fight on the final day of the season – a means of success attributed to the efforts of Prince and his coaching staff.
“I need to thank our staff, especially the coaches — Pernell, Jean Pierre, and Moritz — for their tireless work and positive attitudes that led to our success last year. They are all fantastic coaches and people and have served this organisation so well,” said Prince.
Casey will continue to play a major role in the Ubuntu Cape Town setup as the Technical Director from the Academy’s grassroots Football Forward program up through the NFD team and will also now use his time to contribute more freely to the Ubuntu Football Academy, the Ubuntu Academy School and his family.
The club is eternally grateful to Casey for his commitment to the team and the sacrifices he has made since taking on the Head Coach position in the middle of last season.
As a means of taking the club forward, Coach Casey and Chairman Michael Jenkins are excited to announce the appointment of Vladislav Heric, as Head Coach, with immediate effect.
“We are so excited to have gotten a coach of the calibre and quality of Vlad, especially during the season. He’s had a ton of success in the National First Division and we are very confident he will repeat that success with this team. I’m excited to learn from Vlad in a personal capacity. We believe Vlad has the character to represent the Ubuntu values and help this group of players reach their potential,” said Coach Casey. Casey added: “Coach Vlad will be inheriting a fantastic coaching team that will support him well and a favourable schedule considering we have played 7 of our 8 games away.”