'We are not Thanda Royal Zulu'
Posted: 2 December 2017 Time: 12:00
Richards Bay FC general manager Richard Makhoba says their struggles are understandable as a new club.
The Natal Rich Boys were spawned from the sale of Thanda Royal Zulu's topflight status to AmaZulu in the off-season.
They have since battled in the National First Division, as they currently sit 15th on the table with a single win from 12 matches.
Richards Bay recently brought in coach Jean Luscuito soon after he was fired from Black Leopards, with Makhoba backing the Belgian to steer the side to safety.
"For a new team our situation is understandable," Makhoba tells KickOff.com.
"Good thing is that we know now where the problem is, it's just that most people are making the mistake of thinking we are Thanda Royal Zulu FC, hence the high expectations. We are not Thanda, we are Richards Bay. We are a new team that is still trying to find its feet in a new league.
"But everything is improving with our new coach in charge. I mean he has been around in terms of identifying players that can help us, but right now he is happy with the current squad that we got. He is working on finding combinations and we are behind him. We are supporting him and we know this is the coach who will change the fortunes of the club. We are not panicking, we are collectively believing that the team will do well. For this season we are targeting anything from position 10 upwards. Then next season we will start focusing on making it to the play-offs. We are a new team so we just want to consolidate and after that we can look into the next level how best can we do."
On facing log leaders Highlands Park at uMhlathuze Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon, the former Royal Eagles general manager says he feels sorry for the Owen da Gama-coached side for facing his team in such desperate times.
"Playing Highlands Park won't be easy, they want points, they are sitting at the top... but unfortunately they are playing us at the wrong time when we are desperately looking for points. So it's not going to be an easy ride for them, or a walk in the park. So it's more of a final before the [Telkom Knockout] final."