Richards Bay FC chairman Sifiso Biyela has told FARPost that his club is not bothered by the on-going court battles regarding the GladAfrica Championship.
The Natal Rich Boyz were due to play against Royal AM on Tuesday, 15 June at Umhlathuze Sports Complex for their first match of the PSL relegation/promotion playoffs.
The match was postponed because of the appeal that has been put forward by Royal AM, who interdicted the start of the playoffs, following a court judgement that Sekhukhune United are entitled to three points from their match against Polokwane City in January.
Polokwane City failed to field the required number of U23 players in their 1-0 win and after a protest, Sekhukhune were awarded the three points and as a result, they are the champions of the NFD.
Biyela believes that court cases have nothing to do with them, as they are focused on winning promotion. “We don’t pay attention to court cases, we are focused on preparing and playing football,” said Biyela.
“We are not disturbed by anything – we are ready, as we speak we are in PE preparing for our match (against Chippa United today),” said Biyela.
The club recently announced new coaches in Allan Freese and Sifiso Dladla, after the departure of Simo Dladla last season and the new technical team is expected to lead the team during the playoffs.
“Well, we are prepared, because there are coaches who have been working with the team and they are still here as part of the technical team.
“Even the new coaches, as much as they are new, they know the team. They’ve analysed the team as opponents, so it’s not like it’s a new environment.
“Their mandate is to come in and assist, if we win the playoffs that’s it, but if we don’t win they will prepare the team for next season,” he said.
“Their mandate is clear, it doesn’t end in the playoffs, we must also be honest because they are new to the team.
“We gave our players five days off after the end of the season, then they came back and we’ve been playing friendly games and all those things, to restore the sharpness, we know that we are ready for the playoffs,” concluded Biyela.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter