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Troughton rolls up his sleeves

Posted: 4 February 2018 Time: 11:00

New Uthongathi coach Sammy Troughton says many facets need to be improved on at the small but ambitious club. 

New Uthongathi coach Sammy Troughton says many facets need to be improved on at the small but ambitious club.

Troughton replaced Ronnie Gabriel at the team as results were not forthcoming, with club director Nkosinathi Chilli insisting it was a tough decision to sack the long-serving coach and his assistant Pitso Dladla.

Troughton, who is familiar with Durban as he once guided the now-defunct Thanda Royal Zulu, made a bright start to his tenure at Uthongathi as he registered a 1-0 home win over Jomo Cosmos on January 20.

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His men then held another promotion contender in Real Kings to a 1-1 draw last week.

"It is their first season and it is a small club, and obviously they have ambitions but there's a lot of things that needs to be improved on and put in place to be honest," said Troughton, who brought in Johnny Ferreira as his assistant.

"I think one of the reasons why I've come here, beside the coaching aspect, is I've been at a higher level [in the PSL] than this level in the NFD. The club still needs to improve and hopefully we can moving forward.

"Even facilities-wise, organisation-wise, it has to be improved. There are certain things but I don't want to go into details. But what I need to do is get the team focused and tomorrow is another day."

Meanwhile, Troughton says he had to get working again following his ill-fated spell at Free State Stars. Troughton steered Stellenbosch FC to the PSL Play-offs last term before linking up with Stars. However, he only lasted two matches with the topflight side before making way for Luc Eymael.

"Free State Stars was a big disappointment and all I can say is it didn't work out," he says.

"After that I had three months off and I spoke to quite a few clubs but nothing materialised. I had spoken to Uthongathi early December last year and it happened. At the end of the day coaches must work and I have to pay the bills and whatever, and they gave me the opportunity.

"But yes, it's not a glamourous club, it's far from a glamour club. But my job is to coach players on a daily basis. I got back into the facets of professional football and we can maybe put Uthongathi on the map.

"It's tough, but I've seen commitment. We are not going to get carried away, we are still in a relegation fight."

The Cane Cutters next face Troughton's former employers Stellenbosch at Princess Magogo Stadium on Sunday.

Troughton's side recently signed SuperSport United development product Cebo Meyiwa and ex-Kaizer Chiefs forward Lucky Mzizi.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala

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