Julius Dube who has recently been appointed as caretaker coach for struggling Bizana Pondo Chiefs is faced with an uphill battle in his new assignment.
The Indomitable Lions of Skomoplas have occupied the last position in the GladAfrica Championship log for the better part of the season. Campaigning in the second division of the South African football has proven to be challenge for them, with a lot work that needs to be done.
The Eastern Cape side has lost eight of their 15 league matches and two Nedbank Cup encounters. They have only won three and drew four in the league. Their goal scoring form leaves a lot to be desired, having only managed 10 goals, while conceding 17.
Dube will have to find winning combinations, while instilling confidence and making sure that the players understand his philosophy. With the second leg of the league in motion he does not have much time, but he will rely on tried and tested guys like former Golden Arrows duo Musa Bilankulu and Abia Nale to guide the young players.
The return of experienced goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela will be welcomed by Dube who will be hoping his troops get their act together soon. Having coached Nathi Lions, Bush Bucks and caretaker at Chippa United, the 44-year old will know a thing or two about changing fortunes for a struggling team.
In his first interview after being announced as the new caretaker coach he vowed to get the best out of his players and help the team improve.
Apart from being newbies in the GladAfrica Championship, they have also struggled to get support from sponsors in their home province in terms of infrastructure and they are currently playing their home matches in KwaZulu Natal.
Dube will need to motivate and encourage the team to up their game if they are remain in the GladAfrica Championship next season.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter