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Ashwin Sutton has explained why he returned to National First Division side Mbombela United

Posted: 18 November 2017 Time: 08:00

Mbombela United head coach Ashwin Sutton says there is no need to make changes to the team and has explained his quick return to the club.

Sutton linked up with the National First Division side last week following the departure of Petrus Chauke, having previously had a brief stint with Alexandra Black Aces in the ABC Motsepe League.

Before leaving Mbombela at the beginning of the season, Sutton had been with the Mpumalanga-based outfit since January when he succeeded Milton Dlamini.

"There's nothing different with the team you know," Sutton tells

"I mean I have done pre-season with them so there's no need for me to go in there and make a lot of changes you know. The team is well structured, all I need to do is just to get the boys to believe in themselves and see how it goes.

"Obviously when you come back from a defeat and a draw, it knocks your confidence a bit. But I think if we can just get that up again, these boys will definitely rise you know. That's all I'm gonna basically work on, there's nothing to change in the team because it's the same team that I've been to the pre-season with you know. So there's not a lot to change. I mean 80 percent of the team was with me in pre-season camp, so the philosophy is there and everything is there you know.

"The only reason for my decision to come back to Mbombela is continuity, and two is the fact that I know the team. I didn't have to go and build. My relationship with the chairman... you know I never had problems with the chairman, we never had issues. You know we always agree on whatever, and that's basically the reason I went back there."

Sutton says his mandate is promotion as he gears up for Saturday's clash with Sello Chokoe's Tshakhuma Tsha Madzhivhandila at KaNyamazane Stadium.

"Mandate for all [NFD] clubs either you are number last, number one... it's a promotional league so everyone wants promotion, so it's not different with me.

"Look it's a home game so obviously everybody will expect a win, and also if you want to chase and gain promotion you need to win your home games. We need to focus on winning home games, get a point away and get three points here. Look, I've watched their games and obviously they play good football, going forward. I guess we'll do try and prevent them from finding their rhythm and getting behind us."

Article by: Sipho Mlotha
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