Uthongathi FC coach Pitso Dladla has rallied his players to go for more wins and be ruthless against their opponents as they look to avoid the relegation scramble.
The Cane Cutters are currently seventh on the log after trouncing Pretoria Callies 3-1 away from home on Wednesday at Lucas Morepie Stadium. Dladla does not want his players to relax, but to show more hunger when they visit Cape Town Spurs in the Mother City on Sunday.
The soft-spoken coach believes his players will win if they bring the same energy to their next assignment. “The most important this for us is bring the same hunger that we had before this game, the problem for us is, if we are looking for a win after two games having not won a game, we tend to fight and get the result. Once we get the win, I think it’s not complacency but lack of hunger, wanting to win the match you find other teams wanting to win more than us. That is something we have worked on psychologically that in this league you treat all the games equally,” said Dladla.
With the regulations that are enforced in the GladAfrica Championship about fielding five players that are 23 years or younger, the coach is not bothered and he reckons his would thrive even if the regulation was not enforced.
“It has not affected us in any way, because even if this rule was not there, the U23 players that are playing for us would still play. We have got very good players that are under 23 of age. Our players competing very well with the senior players,” continued Dladla.
With the top teams not far off in terms of points from the mid table teams the coach has not thrown the towel on getting promotion, though he believes his team should focus on obtaining 36 points to avoid relegation while they are on the building phase.
“The points are saying anything is possible but the biggest mistake we can make as Uthongathi FC is to look at the team that is number one and say anything is possible, not looking at the team that is number last and also thinking about them catching us. It’s an interesting league, if you are in the middle you can go for playoffs spot at the same time you are not safe from relegation,” concluded Dladla.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter