It is almost two weeks since coach Gabriel Morewa left ABC Motsepe KwaZulu Natal League side Running Water FC and the side has not won a match.
They have lost two matches on the trot since Morewa left and the players are struggling to understand the new coach’s philosophy.
Attacking midfielder Xolani Sithole told FARPost that they are trying to understand the new coach as players.
“Every coach who arrives, they bring their own system so we were used to the previous coach and his way of doing things.
“Now that he left, we have to learn new things and time is not on our side because we are fighting relegation and it’s affecting us as players mentally,” said Sithole.
The 23-year-old player believes some of his teammates have already given up the fight to remain in the ABC Motsepe League.
“It is really tough, since we are fighting relegation we don’t want to go to the Castle Regional League. It seems like some of our players have given up already or maybe they’ve lost confidence maybe that’s why we end up losing matches.
“Once we conceede one goal my teammates just lose focus and then we struggle to come back to the match,” added Sithole.
He also emphasized the importance of staying focused and dedicated to the team, referring to some players who went to play in other tournaments while the league is on-going.
“This issue has really affected us as a team, because they come back tired after those tournaments. I have not played in any tournament and I have remained dedicated to the team.
“Those players who go and play in other tournaments have their own reasons, as for myself I have valid reasons for missing a couple of games that I’ve missed in the team.
“I want to stay disciplined like Percy Tau, I look up to him and I follow his football career wherever he is,” concluded Sithole.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter