It’s a radical change of direction for Isaacs and Umoya
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.”
FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH Cape Umoya United are gradually gaining