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Truter optimistic strikers’ coach Mbesuma’s hard work will pay off

‘He’s fantastic on and off the pitch’

Sihle Ndebele Journalist
Collins Mbesuma
Collins Mbesuma
Image: Gallo Images/Lefty Shivambu

Sekhukhune United mentor Brandon Truter has high hopes that the work legendary striker Collins Mbesuma is putting behind the scenes as strikerscoach will soon bear fruit.

Retired Mbesuma joined Sekhukhune to train the strikers in July. However, Mbesumas work is yet to pay off as Babina Noko strikers continue to fire blanks, having scored just eight goals from nine league outings this season.

Truter believes its a matter of time before his strikers benefit from Mbesumas teachings, praising the Zambian for his work rate behind the scenes. Mbesuma scored an impressive 25 league goals for Kaizer Chiefs in the 2004/05 season and no player has broken that record to date in the PSL.

Here and there we can improve... we are struggling in the last third and we are not scoring goals, thats why we brought him [Mbesuma] in. Hes fantastic on and off the pitch. The work hes putting in, training these boys is amazing. He also gives a lot of motivation and hopes his work will yield positive results, Truter said.

Of course Id like to see us scoring more goals as we have Mbesuma as our strikerscoach. He challenges these boys to break his record. I am really very optimistic that the job hes doing for us will be seen very soon.

Babina Noko beat Royal AM 1-0 in the first round of the Carling Knockout at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday to set-up a quarterfinal date with TS Galaxy at home on November 4. Interestingly, Sekhukhune and Galaxy meet in a league game at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday.

Truter was pleased to see Moloisane Mokhele on target in the Carling KO after he missed the whole of last season due to a horrific ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury he suffered in June last year when he was still a Chippa United player.

I am happy for Mokhele. After being out for the whole season, coming back to score an important goal like that, is massive for him, Truter said.

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