Although the decision to terminate his contract was by mutual agreement, former AmaZulu coach Joey Antipas is disappointed to leave before realising his dream of coaching in the Absa Premiership.
On Tuesday, Usuthu announced they had reached an agreement with Antipas and assistant Prince Matore to end their working relationship before the coming season.
The Zimbabwean mentor has revealed that he did not see his departure coming.
"We parted ways amicably but I was left shocked and disappointed. I did not see it coming. I was training the team, preparing for the new season. I accept it, it's part of football,'' Antipas said yesterday.
Former Platinum Stars and SuperSport United coach Cavin Johnson will replace Antipas at the Durban-based outfit. Antipas believes one of the reasons behind his departure is because he does not have Absa Premiership experience.
"It was my dream to coach in the South African Premiership and leave a mark. I think they decided to get Johnson because he has experience and I don't.
"I had a wonderful stay in SA. If the opportunity to coach in SA arises again, I will gladly take it,'' said the ex-Chicken Inn tactician who joined AmaZulu in May last year.