Saints FC, a local football club affiliated to NAFA, is looking forward to the new season. And with good reason….
With the appointment of Frank Schoeman, an ex-Bafana defender, as the new senior coach, there is a renewed vigour in the ranks of the club. Pre-season training started on 17 January and has been well attended with in excess of 25 senior players per training session – all training hard and melting the Christmas pounds away.
After debuting for Bafana in 2000, Schoeman was prematurely forced to hang up his boots in 2005, at the of age 29, due to a nagging knee injury whilst playing for Manning Rangers. Schoeman then had a spell as an assistant coach at Bay United.
The club has already signed 39 senior members for the season and a few more signings are expected.
The junior ranks are growing in leaps and bounds as the result of a new and ever improving facility. Saints administrators say that the future is really looking bright for the club. As club chairman Mr Gregory Kops says; “With the backing of a good committee, commitment from all concerned and the input of all parties and players everything should be plain sailing”.
The involvment of the younger generation in the every day running and functioning of the club bodes well for the future. With the inclusion of Desmond “Bravo” Jacobs on the coaching team and Tim Emmerson to the managment of senior teams, the club is looking ahead to the season with great expectations.
The proof of the pudding will be in the silverware that Saints FC bring home.
Author: Tim Emmerson