Platinum Stars captain Vuyo Mere braced for tough Maritzburg United test
Posted: 20 August 2017 Time: 10:10
Platinum Stars captain Vuyo Mere says with the club having implemented many changes they hope to start the new season with a win against Maritzburg United on Sunday.
“I’m very happy that we are back to work – new players, new faces and a new technical team. It’s a bit of a challenge, but it’s a nice challenge for most of us who have been here for a long time,” Mere tells KickOff.com.
“We're trying to adapt to the new coach’s tactics and the way of thinking and the new players, you know. It’s up to us the guys, the senior players, who’ve been here a long time to welcome the new ones and so far so good. We had a camp in Polokwane which went well and everyone is fitting in very well and they are starting to understand the culture of the team. So, ja, everything is going according to plan.”
Mere explained the purpose of their pre-season camp in Polokwane.
“I think the purpose of the camp in Polokwane was to get to know each other and with understanding the coach’s way of working. We were happy that the coach [Peter Butler] sat us down and he spoke to most of the senior players and tried to understand what we did right last season and what we did wrong, and obviously he is coming with his tactics and his way of thinking.
“But the way I see things and what I like is that he is asking about what went wrong last season and he is trying to rectify that. He is not coming with the changes at the same time and all of that. We know that he has brought a lot of signings, but then it happens in football and it’s just a matter of time for those players to click with the team.”
Mere adds that it’s a blessing in disguise that United won against Sundowns in the MTN8 last weekend and it might work in their favour today at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
“It’s a blessing in disguise that they won that game and hopefully their confidence it’s up there and they are over confident. But we know that it’s not a fluke that they beat Mamelodi Sundowns.
“They are a good side and they’ve been competing and they’ve qualified for the top eight, which speaks volumes. So, we are not going to take them for granted and we are going to give them the respect that they deserve. But we are also ready and we are playing at home, so they should expect a tough game.”