After qualifying for the ABC Motsepe League national playoffs for the third time on the trot, Umvoti FC coach Doctor Mkhonza believes this is their season to go to the GladAfrica Championship.
The Greytown outfit will represent KwaZulu Natal after defeating Real Kings in the final of the provincial playoffs last Saturday at King Zwelithini Stadium.
Mkhonza who led the Anacondas to the national playoffs last season revealed to FARPost that their approach will be different this time around as they look to go a step further than last year.
“Last season we had the same problem of staying for a long time before we can start playing, so this year we know what to expect and we were unlucky last time,” he said.
“We are are aware of what we should do and we’ll work on some few aspects of our game, to keep the team ready for the playoffs. Our work starts now after qualifying and we want to represent KZN with pride this time.
“We’ll continue with training and organize friendly matches so that we can keep fit and move forward to the playoffs,” said Mkhonza.
The soft-spoken coach has applauded his players and the management of the team for their work during the season, as he believes they have worked well together up to his far.
“I want to thank the players for the way they played, I’d also like to thank the management for their support in the team. I also want to the thank my technical team for helping me everyday.”
“Last time we were unlucky and our opponents were lucky to win that match, ever since we played in the playoffs we never lost. So we lost on penalties last year, we’ll be very careful this time because teams don’t score a lot of goals.
“Ours is to stay alert and make sure that we execute our plan properly come match day, we have the experience of playing in that level and it’s totally different to the league.
“Our defence needs to be awake and our striking force must also be deadly if we want to achieve our goal, we’ll prepare the players and speak to them on what to expect,” concluded Mkhonza.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter