Sekhukhune United coach, Brendan Truter, is happy with the progress made by his players since he took over the coaching reigns in November.
Under Truter, Babina Noko, have played ten matches, won six, lost three and drew one – and are currently lying on position seven on the log.
“The performance is getting better and I’m impressed with the progress we have made so far,” Truter says. “Obviously, I would have preferred eight wins out of 10 to show the quality that we have in this team.
“Quality not just in terms of football but in terms of learning and progressing – the individuals who are humble and open to new ideas. There is not much I can complain about except for the results maybe.
“I can’t fault the players for effort and being open minded and giving input into training sessions. Right now, our focus and intensity, a lot of it go into training sessions and the guys are responding magnificently.”
The former Swallows and Amazulu coach says the Fifa World Cup break gave afforded him time to get to know his new team.
“Me coming in at that time gave me some time to work with the guys, get to know them both on and off the pitch. The relationship between player and coach is important. I need to know what makes them tick and also the tactical changes – playing style, formation, the agreements of the playing model had to be installed.
“And the Fifa World Cup break gave us the perfect opportunity and time to work on things. It’s still a work in progress but so far I’m happy.
Sekhukhune United takes on Royal AM at Chatsworth, a week after losing to Cape Town City. And Truter is wary of his next opponent.
“Everyone is ready to go. Royal AM at home is not an easy team to play against. Taking into consideration our last results against Cape Town City – we would have loved to take all three points. But going to KZN, to Chatsworth on that pitch against Royal AM is going to be tough.”
By Zola Doda