Sello Chokoe warns Tshakhuma Tsha Madzhivhandila are on the rise
Posted: 3 November 2017 Time: 16:30
Tshakhuma Tsha Madzhivhandila coach Sello Chokoe believes the team would be faring much better if they had a proper pre-season.
The newly formed club had a slow start to the campaign but have moved up to ninth on the NFD table with 12 points from nine matches.
Chokoe is encouraged by his men's recent efforts.
"It was not easy. When other teams were in pre-season we were still looking for players and that affected us in a way," Chokoe tells KickOff.com.
"If it wasn't for that by now we would be far away from other teams. But we are almost up there with all of them and for me it goes to say which type of players we have. I think we got players that are capable enough to compete against any team, any time.
"My players needed time to gel and as a coach you need to get your philosophy right to get your players to understand how do you want them to play and everything. But for me I think we have progressed and I'm very, very happy with the players that we have signed. It shows that we have signed quality players although we didn't have enough time to actually get players that we wanted. But the players that we brought in have shown that they are quality players.
"At the beginning we had a short-term plan of making sure we settle as quick as possible because we didn't want to find ourselves at the wrong end of the log. It was always going to be difficult, especially for a new team. In the process of building we made sure that we collect enough points to be in safe position. Secondly, we have to see where we are compared to the teams that are currently on top. But it's still early, we just need to focus and take it one game at a time and see where we find ourselves come the end of the year after 15 or or 20 games."
Chokoe plans to bolster his squad in January as he forecasts a push for promotion in the new year.
"In January we need to reinforce the team and push for promotion. You see how it is on our log, we need to collect points and hope that when the first round finishes we will still be tight as we are right now with the leading pack. I think it will be possible because in our last league matches we conceded even a single goal and that shows we have progressed a lot as a team you know. If we keep it that way and try to bang in more goals, I think we will do very, very well.
"We will surprise a lot of people. Like I said, it's too tight for everyone but we are focusing on ourselves. I'm happy with the progress that we have made so far and I hope that we can improve on it by consistently trying to win our games, especially home games."
Tshakhuma will host bottom-placed Ubuntu Cape Town at Thohoyandou Stadium at 15h30 on Saturday, a game Chokoe promises not to take lightly.
"It's going to be a very tricky fixture," says the former Baroka mentor. "Yes, it's a home game and with our form at home... we are doing very well at home. So I think we will be able to keep our form. But we are going to play the last team on the log and our players are aware of that, they wouldn't want to make a mistake. At home we are going for a win. We wouldn't want to disappoint our fans and we will go for a kill like in other games that we have played at home."