Cup puts coaches to the test
THE "new coaches on the block" are expected to show their hand ahead of the new PSL season at the Gauteng Cup tourney tomorrow.
Until this point, Stuart Baxter of Kaizer Chiefs, Zeca Marques of Moroka Swallows and Antonio Lopez Habas of BidVest Wits have yet to be assessed.
However, supporters will get a sneak preview of what to expect from their teams and the new coaches when the inaugural Gauteng Cup gets under way at the Lucas Moripe Stadium tomorrow.
The first semifinal match between SuperSport United and Bidvest Wits kicks off at 10am, the second semifinal encounter between Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows is set for a midday kickoff, while the final will be played at 5pm.
The spotlight at Chiefs, however, will be on new recruits Morgan Gould, Siboniso Gaxa and Eric Mathoho, more than Baxter.
Facing a selection poser in defence, Baxter admitted he would juggle his team for both matches to afford as many of his players the opportunity to play.
Swallows, on the other hand, are pretty much an open book, having signed only Felix Obada thus far.
"We are not signing new players at this stage," Marques said. "We've got a squad of 27 players, players who finished second in the league last season. They have matured and gained experience.
"We've got two players for each position. And so we cannot just sign players for the sake of signing. Our striker won the top scorer award last season, we had two players competing for the player of the season award, defensively we were solid as we conceded less goals while our goalkeeper was in line for the top keeper's award. We have faith in the team and I'll only tweak here and there."
Wits will parade their new signings, who includeAaron Mokoena, Tinashe Nengomasha, Tlou Molekwane and Matthew Pattison, while SuperSport United should give a run to new recruits Bevan Fransman and Roscoe Petersen.