Lechesa hoping for a turn in fortunes for Beasts
FC CAPE TOWN coach Duncan Lechesa is fully aware of the challenges that lie ahead and has made it his mission statement to turn things around.
His first obstacle is a trip to East London to take on Blackburn Rovers in a First Division match at the Gelvandale Stadium. Lechesa, a former PSL player, will need all his wits about him.
The self- proclaimed “African Beasts” have been rooted to the foot of the table since the opening round and are now in danger of being one of the two teams relegated come the end of the season.
Lechesa brings a wealth of experience, having previously coached at Carara Kicks, United FC, and Polokwane City, whom he guided to promotion Today: Blackburn Rovers v FC Cape Town; Vasco Da Gama v Milano United (Parow Park, 3.30pm); Maluti FET College v Chippa United; Sivutsa Stars v Leopards Tomorrow: Thanda Royal Zulu v United FC; Witbank Spurs v Roses United; Baroka FC v African Warriors from the NFD to the PSL last season.
Town, who continue to train at the NNK Rugby Stadium, but have switched playing venue to Parow Park, have yet to record a win this season, and with just three points from eight games, sit last on the 16- team standings.
Having replaced Vladislav Heric, Lechesa will be keen to get his first win under his belt at the third attempt, having begun his tenure with a draw against Witbank Spurs before being beaten 2-0 by Santos.
“The challenge ahead is twofold: lift the boys’ heads and spirits and move out of the drop zone,” said Lechsesa.
“Maximum effort and loads of self-belief will get us pointing in the right direction. Being back in Cape Town for the second time and getting the opportunity to coach a promising squad is a thrill and I foresee a brighter future. It’s going to be tough.”
He is spot-on: this is a side with weaknesses in all areas of play, especially in defence, with goals being conceded at an alarming rate.
“It’s a new team, with a new coach; we still have to adapt,” Lechsesa added. “After three or four games I will have a better understanding of where we stand and what actions may need to be taken. But I do believe we are going to start moving up the log.”
Rovers will no doubt feel they’ve got a good chance of taking the points on offer. They come into this clash having lost only two of eight games to date.
In other NFD matches involving Cape teams today, sixth-placed Vasco da Gama lock horns with top- placed Milano United at Parow Park while second- placed Chippa United take on league rookies Maluti FET College at the Charles Mopeli Stadium.