It’s a rad­i­cal change of di­rec­tion for Isaacs and Umoya

CityPress - - Sport - DANIEL MOTHOWAGAE [email protected]­press.co.za

Not so long ago, Cape Umoya United were on the bot­tom of the NFD ta­ble, hap­less and al­most a sure bet for rel­e­ga­tion.

Things have changed since Roger De Sá re­lin­quished the coach­ing post at the Cape Town-based club and en­trusted his one-time as­sis­tant, Do­minic Isaacs, to guide the team.

De Sá, who is part of the con­sor­tium that bought Plat­inum Stars last sea­son, has stepped aside to fo­cus on his man­age­rial du­ties at Umoya.

Sud­denly, there is light at the end of the tun­nel for Umoya un­der for­mer Kaizer Chiefs and Ajax Cape Town de­fender Isaacs.

The 36-year-old of­fi­cially took over the reins last month, in­her­it­ing a side that had suf­fered six straight losses and scored only once in the process.

Isaacs, how­ever, made an in­stant im­pres­sion when he started his ten­ure with a Ned­bank Cup Last 32 qual­i­fi­ca­tion and sub­se­quently guided the team away from the bot­tom of the log.

Umoya is now un­beaten in four matches in all com­pe­ti­tions – but Isaacs warned there was no cause for cel­e­bra­tion just yet.

“I am happy with the re­sponse, but we haven’t achieved any­thing,” the rookie men­tor said cau­tiously, point­ing to the next big task that awaits him to­day.

Umoya face high-fly­ing Mbombela United at the KaNya­mazane Sta­dium in Nel­spruit this af­ter­noon.

Asked what changes he has brought to Umoya in the few weeks he has been in charge, Isaacs cited dis­ci­pline as one as­pect that he has in­stilled in the team.

“It helped that I was in the club from the be­gin­ning and I am work­ing on a foun­da­tion that was laid by coach Roger.

“I made it clear to the play­ers that dis­ci­pline was key – on and off the field – if we were to suc­ceed. I am happy with the re­sponse so far.”

PHOTO: CHRIS RICCO / BACKPAGEPIX

FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH Cape Umoya United are grad­u­ally gain­ing

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