VFC’s striker, Thabiso Nkoana. Photo: Frank Mavhungu.
After a two-week break, teams affiliated with the Motsepe Foundation Championship will be back in action this weekend. Following three consecutive home matches, Venda Football Club (VFC) will hit the road, embarking on a journey to Durban where they are set to play against Milford FC at the Princess Magogo Stadium.
This will mark Mr Johnny Ferreira's second league match as head coach of VFC, taking over from Mr Joel Masutha three weeks ago. Mr Ferreira's initial assignment was against Baroka, to whom they suffered a 0-1 defeat at the Malamulele Stadium a fortnight ago.
In an interview, the 65-year-old Ferreira said that the players were quickly adapting to his coaching philosophy. He noted that the team's performance against Baroka was significantly better than what they had shown in their first six games, despite not securing the points. The team's midfield was a primary concern when he assumed the head coach position three weeks ago. According to him, the work rate of the two midfielders, Tatenda Tavengwa and Reagan Lubesha, has improved dramatically over the past few weeks.
The former head coach of Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila further mentioned that he had limited knowledge about Milford FC, except that the Durban side was also struggling to find a winning combination. Similar to VFC, Milford had managed to win only one of the seven matches they had played to date. Their sole victory was against Casric Stars, whom they defeated 2-0 at the Solomon Mahlangu Stadium in Siyabuswa two weeks ago. VFC's only win was against Platinum City Rovers.
Both VFC and Milford are tied at five points, with the Thohoyandou side sitting at the bottom of the league standings.
Sport - Date: 20 October 2023
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Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.