Isaacs hopes for more of the same

CAPE UMOYA BOSS GOT OFF TO A WIN­NING START

The Citizen (KZN) - - SPORT - Si­bongiseni Gumbi

For­mer Kaizer Chiefs de­fender Do­minic Isaacs will hope for a sec­ond win when he guides Na­tional First Di­vi­sion side Cape Umoya United in his sec­ond game as coach when they host Uthon­gathi at Boland Sta­dium this af­ter­noon. Isaacs had a per­fect start in his first game in charge of the Spir­ited Ones as they elim­i­nated TS Sport­ing, win­ning 4-2 on penal­ties in a Ned­bank Cup pre­lim­i­nary match last week­end.

But it is in the league where Umoya re­ally need to start win­ning as they find them­selves at the bot­tom of the stand­ings with just nine points in 12 games. This is the rea­son that prob­a­bly prompted vet­eran coach Roger De Sa to de­cide to fo­cus more on man­age­rial is­sues and leave the coach­ing to the 36-year-old.

Ex­plain­ing his de­ci­sion, De Sa said it had al­ways been the plan that he would not be the coach and was im­pressed with Isaacs who was his as­sis­tant for four months be­fore be­ing made head coach last week.

Isaacs will face a stern test against the Cane Cut­ters who have not been do­ing well lately af­ter a great start to their cam­paign and will be des­per­ate to get back to win­ning ways. In their last five games, Uthon­gathi have won one, drawn two and lost two.

But it is Isaacs who has a big­ger chal­lenge as his im­me­di­ate job will be to curb the rot that has be­set the side who are on a seven games los­ing streak ahead of to­day’s match.

Mac­cabi will mean­while be look­ing to con­tinue their good run when they host Richards Bay FC at Dob­sonville Sta­dium at 3.30pm. Mokete Tsotetsi’s side are on a four game win­ning streak in­clud­ing last week­end’s Ned­bank Cup win over Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria.

The Natal Rich Boys have had a dif­fi­cult start to their sea­son but re­main an un­pre­dictable side. They will be boosted by their 1-0 win over Royal Ea­gles in a Ned­bank Cup pre­mili­nary match last week­end coming into to­day’s match.

Pic­ture: Back­pagepix

DO­MINIC ISAACS

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