In addition, the club has also brought in former Bidvest Wits and FC AK midfielder Elasto Kapoweza, who will assume the CEO role, while goalkeeper coach Johann Abselon is back for a second stint at the club.
Koert, a former FC AK and Chippa United head coach, says he sees plenty of talent in the squad he has inherited and feels that if he can get the players’ mindsets right, Igugu Lekpapa have every chance of making it to the PSL next season.
“During my time at Chippa United, we played All Stars in a friendly and they beat us 4-1 and that made me take note of what a good team they are,” said Koert.
“There is a lot of potential here, and I firmly believe this team can make it to the playoffs if not win outright promotion. There are a lot of exciting players here, players in the national Under 23 team.
“It looks good, it’s just about the mentality. Most important thing is to get the players, the technical team, everyone to buy into our philosophy, to buy into where we want to end up. The quality is there no doubt, it’s what you do with that quality.
“I think we will get it right. Look at the first game, we never had time to work with the team. But we still put up a great performance against Vasco (2-1 win) with 10 men, a very good win, great spirit It was exciting for me to see.”
Assistant coach Sutton, a former head coach at the likes of African Warriors and Sivutsa Stars, is confident he will complement Koert well.
“I think Stars have got a very decent team. You look at the make-up of the squad, good quality, tactically aware, good technique. I’m here to assist the coach and obviously, I needed to fall into his specific way of thinking, but I believe we share the same philosophy,” said Sutton.
“We need to be at the level whereby the players are physically and mentally strong. This is a promotional league, and there is no way you can come here with weak minds.
“They need to have the self-belief, to feel we can go out and win every game. I think if they’re mentally tough, I think that can carry us game to game, even when the odds are against you. That can be the difference between winning the league.”
The Gugulethu-based club’s next match is against log leaders Baroka FC, at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday. Stars are currently six points off the summit, with 11 matches to play.
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