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Vukusic breaks silence on Rise and Shine departure

Jozef Vukusic has finally broken his silence since he decided to leave Polokwane City despite guiding the club to their highest-ever Absa Premiership finish last season.

Rise and Shine finished the season in fifth position, but Vukuzic stunned the footballing fraternity when he handed in his resignation at the end of the season.

The Serb tactician was spotted in the stands during City's 1-0 victory over Amazulu on Saturday and he has explained that he back in the country to finalise a couple of things with the club after his abrupt departure.

"The reason I came back was to sort my things with Polokwane City and finalise everything because I didn't want to destroy our relationship," Vukuzic explains to KickOff.com.

When asked about the reason for him stepping down, Vukuzic said it was something he couldn't really divulge, but he did say there were personal issues and nothing to do with the Rise and Shine hierarchy.

"I didn't want to leave Polokwane City after what we achieved last season, but I had to because of issues which I can't really talk about," he continues.

"But I can say it was personal challenges, there were lots of dynamics. If I look back, we had a fantastic season, even when we met the chairman he was very happy because we managed to sort things out. I wish them all the best this season and they will always be in my heart."

Vukuzic then reflected on his time at the helm of City and admitted he fell in love with South African football.

"You know I would not want to disrespect any coach in the PSL, I will go back to my country and rest. Yeah South Africa is one of the first options because I fell in love with football this side. We will see in the future."