‘Muporofita’ predicts Real Kings’ future

From among the bottom teams, GladAfrica Championship side Real Kings have moved up and are now mixing it with the top teams in the second tier of SA football.

Initially, Kings were looking dead (and probably buried) even though it’s admittedly still early days in the season.

FARPost.co.za chatted to Real Kings coach Joel Masutha a couple of weeks ago and at the time, he promised a quick turnaround after settling in at the club.

Things are shaping up for Real Kings in the GladAfrica Championship.

True to his word, the man nicknamed “Muporofita” (The Prophet) from his days at Black Leopards is taking Kings to the top slowly but surely.

“It’s difficult, but we are trying,” said Masutha, giving us an update this week.

Kings are fresh from an impressive 3-0 win over Free State Stars at the weekend and have now moved up to fifth spot, just six points adrift of the leaders, Uthongathi.

“The good thing is the fight – the way the players are responding,” he said.

“Now we are scoring goals and the confidence is there. Yeah, no, it’s showing that we would end up somewhere.”

To Kings’ advantage, Masutha has a lot of experience coaching in this division, including the time he guided Black Leopards to PSL promotion some years ago.

“I know what we need (to win promotion). I know how to win… so far, the players believe we would make it,” Masutha added.

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Joel Masutha subscribes to the nation that nothing is impossible in life.

This was clear during his conversation with FARPost.co.za today that the Real Kings mentor has ambitions to win promotion with the KwaZulu Natal outfit this season.

Masutha came into the picture at the club when the season had already started after former Royal Eagles boss Shauwn Mpisane acquired the status of Kings. Kings lie in ninth spot at the moment with seven points from six matches.

The challenge for the former Black Leopards coach was to first stabilise things within the setup and without having had pre-season with the club, it was always going to be a difficult task. But now he’s managed to cut down the squad and things are looking up.

Now, things are becoming smooth,” Masutha explained.

Kings have drawn five of their six matches with Masutha in charge to go with a single defeat to GladAfrica Championship log leaders JDR Stars, but he feels that the goalless home draw against Swallows FC in their last outing is an indication that the team is now ready to win.

“Yes, it was our sixth game (since taking charge), but in a sense for me it was our first game. We had everyone available… we will be up with the best at the end of the season,” he continued.

Now, that’s the real question! Do these Kings belong at the top? Do they have it in them to rule?

If you ask Masutha, the answer is yes and it’s difficult to oppose him, because just a couple of seasons ago he did the unthinkable with Black Leopards by winning promotion to the topflight.

“Looking at these League, it’s not about how you start – it’s about how you finish,” Masutha reasoned.

“I remember the season we got promotion with Leopards. I took over with 15 games to go and the team was in position 13.

“But we managed to finish in position 2 and from there, won the Promotion PlayOffs,” he reflected.

What’s more? Masutha is content that he’s got the backing of the management, who he said have given him breathing space to set his plan in motion.

“We can’t forget the support of the management. The never put us under pressure. They never come and yell at us… They are understanding of the situation and they always tell the boys, ‘go out there and have fun’. That on its own is a big plus,” Masutha added.

“We don’t have to watch over our backs that if you don’t win, then this would happen. As you can see, a lot of coaches have lost their jobs in the last month. But we are happy and settled.”

He would be hoping things remain the same to give Kings a fighting chance out there on the field.

“We just have to turn our draws into wins… we have a very strong squad and it would be very difficult to stop us,” he concluded.