MAGESI FC’S new coach, Shepherd Murape, has arranged a series of friendlies during the Fifa international break to help him get to know his players better.

Murape guided the National First Division (NFD) club currently sitting bottom of the table to a 1-1 draw against Mthatha Bucks at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in his first game in charge at the weekend.

The Zimbabwean, who has coached other Limpopo clubs, including Black Leopards and the now defunct Ria Stars, says he regards Limpopo as his second home.


Magesi, who won promotion from the ABC Motsepe League at the end of last season, are finding the going tough in the NFD but the experienced Murape believes he will be able to ensure their survival.

“I only had four days to prepare for my first game, which was a tough one for us. I’m quite happy we secured at least a point. Now I have an idea of what needs to be done with this team.

“I’ve realised that our decision-making and level of fitness are not up to scratch.

“But we are a work in progress, this coming break will give me and the players time to get to understand each other better.

“I’ve told the management that we want to play two or three friendlies against Premiership sides, which is bound to help us. After three games the boys will understand my philosophy.”

  • Meanwhile Leopards, who were also playing their first match under new coach Sello Chokoe, lost 2-1 to on-form Witbank Spurs at Puma Rugby Stadium.
  • Log leaders Thanda Royal Zulu, who have not tasted defeat this season, continued their dominance in the NFD when they defeated University of Pretoria 2-1 at Umhlathuze Sports Complex to open a five-point gap between them and Stellenbosch FC, who are in second place.

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