Phakaaathi Reporter
Football writer
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30 May 2017
2:07 pm

Relegated Highlands hope to bounce back

Phakaaathi Reporter

Highlands Park caretaker coach Thierry Mulonzo believes the team will bounce back to the Absa Premiership if they keep all their players for next season.

Franklin Cale of Highlands Park and Brandon Theron of Highlands Park in tears during the Absa Premiership match between Highlands Park and Mamelodi Sundowns at Makhulong Stadium. (Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix)

The Lions of the North were relegated to the National First Division following their 2-2 draw against Mamelodi Sundowns on the final day of the season.

The Tembisa-based outfit had three coaches in one season with Gordon Igesund replacing Allan Freese before he was also sacked following a string of poor results.

“I would think so (that the club waited too long to act on Igesund). But who am I?,” Mulonzo told the Sowetan.

“Whether that’s true or not‚ that the change came late or whether if we still had Gordon here we would have won two games‚ you never know.

“I still believe that we should have made the change early. This is a difficult question to answer because I don’t want to knock people.

“Those are people that I worked with and I hold them in high regard. But collecting five points in four games is a positive.

“If we can keep this team‚ we are going to bounce back straight away because we are good enough not to be there – we are a very good team.”