‘We’ll find goals without Ranga’
Posted: 18 August 2018 Time: 08:00
Ubuntu Cape Town FC coach Casey Prince says heading into the new season without last season’s top scorer Ranga Chivaviro is only a minor setback, and insists his side will “find goals”.
Ubuntu, who narrowly escaped relegation on the final day of their debut season last term, get their National First Division campaign underway this weekend against Richards Bay minus Chivaviro, who scored 11 of the club’s 31 goals in the league in 2017/18.
Despite being heavily reliant on the 25-year-old, who has since started all three games for new PSL club Baroka, Prince feels his side will be able to cope despite their talisman’s departure.
“We played the last six to eight games last season without Ranga as he was injured, and we survived,” Prince tells KickOff.com. “I think Nazeem Bartman who has come back from America will play a big part this season, as well as Kudakwashe Mangami, a young Zimbabwean who trained with us last year which would have benefitted him. Between them and a few others, we’ll find goals and I’m quite confident we’ll find goals. Even in our training games, I’ve found that we’re scoring a lot more goals than a year ago, and I’m confident we’ll get there.”
Prince says pre-season has gone well for the Cape club as they look forward to just their second campaign under the Ubuntu banner following their purchase of FC Cape Town’s NFD status last year.
“I feel like it’s been really good,” he says. “The players took their off-season training very seriously – the players had a programme which wasn’t too intense, but helped to build a base, so they took it quite seriously and came in quite fit. We tried to make it communal, so they’d post the times of their runs on our WhatsApp group, so it got a bit competitive. And I think our pre-season has been quite effective, fitness-wise we’re getting to a good point and we’re starting to implement our playing style now as well.”
Kick-off against Richards Bay at the Umhlathuze Sports Complex is set for 15h00 on Sunday afternoon. The match will be played behind closed doors after Richards Bay were found guilty of failing to prevent their assistant coach Sello Ntulu from manhandling and abusing assistant referee Tshepo Nojila after their match against Super Eagles in April.