‘Fresh blood’ for club

2015-07-29 06:00
AIMING HIGH: Mangaung Unite FC owner Sinki Leshabane. 

Sidwell Guduka

AIMING HIGH: Mangaung Unite FC owner Sinki Leshabane. Photo: Sidwell Guduka

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MANGAUNG UNITE FC owner Sinki Leshabane says Saturday’s (25/07) trials of potential players went “very well.”

The ABC Motsepe League club threw open an invitation for triallists to come along to the Masenkeng Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday and Leshabane says she is impressed by what they saw.

“We had about 200 triallists who came to try their luck, all of them between the ages of 19 and 21. It was extremely cold on the day and we didn’t expect them to come in such a high number. They could have chosen to stay at home where it is warm, but they chose to come to our trials. For that, we are really grateful,” Leshabane told Express.

“The standard of everyone we saw was very good, and we’re going to invite several of them back to join in for our pre-season preparations. The whole day went very well,” she said.

“We have resolved to beef up our squad with fresh blood because we want to win the league next season. Our failure to win it the previous season was caused by unforseen circumstances.

“We feel that, in order to achieve our goal, we have to strengthen our team with fresh blood who will be up to the task. We particularly need to add good strikers and defenders. I think that’s where we lacked last season,” she added.

Her club failed to win the league the previous two seasons, but Leshabane believes the next campaign is going to be third time lucky for them.

“What is more encouraging is that we have kept the core of the team we had last season. We believe that failing is simply an opportunity to begin again, but this time around more wisely and intelligently,” Leshabane explained.

The Mangaung outfit identified 20 players from Saturday’s trials.

The same group of players who got selected, played a friendly match against the National First Division (NFD) side African Warriors on Sunday (26/07).

Warriors beat them 3-0 in an entertaining match.

In their second match on the day, Warriors were held 1-1 by Mangaung

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