Polokwane City new coach Clinton Larsen will take charge of the team for the first time when they face defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday night.
Larsen takes over a Rise and Shine side that has lost 9 successive matches in all competitions and languish 3rd from bottom on the Absa Premiership log.
But this is not an unfamiliar task for the 48-year-old who was in a similar situation at Chippa United last season and subsequently helped them survive relegation.
“Like any other team we also want to finish on a high to have the momentum going into January. I have 16 games to turn the situation around and I found myself in a similar situation last season with Chippa,” said Larsen.
“I got there and they had won 12 points from 17 games so I only had 13 games and we turned it around so I believe with the quality we have here I am confident that we can do the same.”
Larsen insisted that he holds Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane in high regard given what the latter has achieved as a coach but all that will be put out aside come Saturday.
“They are defending League champions, so it says a lot about their pedigree, but we are under no illusion. What a quality team we are up against I think coach Pitso as well has done a magnificent job with the team and he has really proven to be the number one coach in the country.
“I think his results speaks volumes, what he has done in the continent speaks volumes so us as his colleagues we really hold him in high regard and high esteem but on Saturday all that is get put one side. Like I said I have 16 games to turn the situation around,” he added.
City are only a point above bottom placed Stellenbosch FC who are away to Baroka FC also on Saturday.
By Ofhani Munyai