Pretoria – Ever since SuperSport United ascended to the summit of the PSL, club chairman Khulu Sibiya’s phone hasn’t stopped ringing.
“People call and send messages saying they can see that the team is doing well. I am pleased because the team is doing exceptionally well. I am very happy,” said the SuperSport boss, whose team leads the league standings.
“With three games played, it’s still early days but it’s all falling into place. The team is playing good football. I’ve been dying to see the type of football that we are playing now.”
The man behind all the changes is Cavin Johnson, who succeeded Gavin Hunt at the helm of Matsatsantsa a Pitori.
Part of the reasons Sibiya recruited the former Platinum Stars coach is that he wanted to see exciting football and win trophies.
“So far so good. Cavin is putting freshness into the team. I like the type of football we play. It’s good to see players expressing themselves. It’s good because it’s better to lose knowing you’ve played good football,” said Sibaya, under whose watch SuperSport won three league titles in a row.
With Johnson’s men playing attacking and crisp football, Sibiya says: “Our main goal is to win but we also want people to come to the stadium. People have to say, have you seen the football SuperSport play? There must be more bums on seats. We hope to attract more people.”
Backed by new players – David Mathebula, Thuso Phala, Bennet Chenene, Mame Niang and Enocent Mkhabela – SuperSport have stepped up their game. They showed their dominance and superiority with three wins, eight goals and nine points from three matches.
Of the new signings, Mkhabela has the SuperSport supremo raving. He was instrumental when SuperSport defeated Kaizer Chiefs as he scored a goal that made keeper Itumeleng Khune look ordinary.
“The new players are on fire. Enocent is a revelation. He expresses himself well. He moves freely. All in all I am happy with our new players. They have adapted easily. Some call and say thanks for signing me,” said the former newspaper editor.
For SuperSport changes have not been on the pitch only. Sibiya has also rang changes in backroom staff. Coltrane Munyani has taken on the role of team manager, Steward Masela joined the club as general manager and Koketso Gaofetoge as media officer. “I’m a businessman, you can’t do the same thing every day and every year. Change is necessary. No company can survive on one strategy. You have to introduce a new style. Successful companies make innovations. Change shakes people out of their comfort zone. To be successful we have to change.”
SuperSport will be looking to stretch their lead when they take on, the league’s newcomers, Mpumalanga Black Aces at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Sunday. Aces, who are under Clive Barker, are set to give Johnson’s side a stern test. Aces have been impressive this season.