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New Mthatha Bucks coach Duncan Lechesa says he is focused on avoiding relegation

Posted: 17 December 2017 Time: 14:30

Former Free State Stars defensive midfielder Duncan Lechesa says he is still trying to settle down in his new job as Mthatha Bucks head coach. 

Lechesa already has one win under his belt as the National First Division club's coach, though it came in a Nedbank Cup preliminary round match, as they beat over Uthongathi FC 2-1.

"I'm trying to be cool, I'm trying to settle, I'm trying my best." Lechesa told

"Let me have a few games and I'll know exactly where to go you know. But what I've seen on Wednesday ... we can still do much better. 

"The spine [is lacking] but we've got something, we are not a bad team and the commitment is there. So it's only a matter of time before they understand my philosophy, what I want and how I want it to be done and so forth. But I can't complain, I can't faulter them."

Lechesa says his main target this season is to save the club from relegation. Bucks are second from bottom on 13 points, just three ahead of 16th placed Ubuntu.

"No I can't talk about the [promotion] play-offs. We need to move the team from where it is. The target is to avoid relegation," he said.

Bucks have a tough fixture against Jomo Cosmos who are second on the log table this afternoon at Vosloorus stadium (15h30).

"It will be a very difficult game. But I think we are prepared to go out and get results. I've seen Cosmos play, they are a very good team. They've got an experienced coach [Jomo Sono] and experienced players, so it will be interesting."

Lechesa says winger Luyolo Nomandela, who was suspended by the club for ill-discipline two weeks ago, is still not be available for selection.

"The issue of Nomandela is still with management. I think sooner or later he will be back on the field."

Article by: Sipho Mlotha
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