POLOKWANE, June 28 – Polokwane City will go into the 2018/19 season with a new coach at the helm in Jozef Vukusic, and a host of fresh playing personnel.
Vukusic, who previously coached at the now-defunct National First Division side FC Cape Town six years ago, takes over from Bernard Molekwa.
Molekwa was promoted from his assistant coach role at the start of last session to head coach after Luc Eymael had dumped Polokwane for Bloemfontein Celtic before later joining Free State Stars.
After finishing the 2016/17 campaign in a lofty sixth position, Rise and Shine flirted with relegation last season before eventually ending 12th.
Speaking at his unveiling, Vukusic says he’s excited about the kind of talent he will be working with in the PSL.
“I like the challenge,” said the Slovakian. “It is interesting to come to South Africa from Europe to coach these kind of players.
“I know that African players have a lot of potential but there is a lot of space to improve them. My challenge is to progress the players and improve them and progress the whole club.
“We have our objectives to work for the long-term and to do the project for the whole club from the first team to the development.
“When I heard that there is a possibility to coach here, I checked the team, I watched some videos. I know the players, they are very good,” he added.
The club also announced a string of new player arrivals, with Ghana marksman Mohamed Anas, acquired from Free Stars, the headline signing.
Anas could potentially form a deadly partnership with Rodney Ramagalela, one of the PSL’s most potent and proven goal-scorers.
Lehlohonolo Nhlapo, a teenage attacking midfielder from ABC Motsepe League outfit Buya Msuthu, could be another potentially exciting signing for the club, with the other new acquisitions – Bongani Manavhela, Themba Chauke, Tebogo Kalake, Khayalethu Mjoli and Msekeli Mvalo – also all coming in from lower division clubs.
Meanwhile in order to make way for the new men, Rise and Shine have released a number of experienced campaigners, including Thapelo Tshilo, Thabiso Semenya, Rendani Ndou, Nazier Jacobs, Randy Ngobe and Donald Mokondelela. (ANA)