NFD : Siyavutha boss reveals secret to success
An increased focus on the Human Resources department has played a big role in Witbank Spurs’ superb season to date in the National First Division.
This is the opinion of Spurs chairman and now coach, Themba Mafu, who has seen his club transformed from a mid-to-lower-table NFD side into a team potentially challenging for promotion.
Last season the Mpumalanga-based outfit finished one place above the drop zone. This season, with seven matches to play, Spurs are in third spot, equal on points with second-placed Highlands Park, and four points adrift of log leaders Baroka FC.
According to Mafu, who has taken the step from the board-room to the technical bench, Siyavutha’s improvement is mainly due to a carefully planned recruitment policy.
“One of the decisions that I made was to pay more attention to this business – on the sidelines [coaching].
“In terms of recruiting our players, we have a different approach from the previous years,” revealed Mafu.
“We also made it clear what we wanted from the players that we recruited – we went through a serious goal-setting exercise before anyone even kicked a ball for us, so that everyone knew where we wanted to go.
“We actually adopted what the corporate world does when they recruit people. We say, will they fit in the team? Or, he might be good, but he’s not going to fit in the team. These are the processes we went through, and it looks like it’s paying results at the moment.”
With Milano United, Royal Eagles and Mbombela all hot on Spurs’ tail, Mafu appreciates that its only going to become more difficult over the next few weeks as Spurs try and ensure at least a play-off spot.
“There are no easy games now, they will all be tough. If I knew someone who would play them for me, I would have said play them!”
09/04 – Highlands Park v Witbank Spurs
16/04 – Witbank Spurs v Mbombela United
23/04 – Vasco da Gama v Witbank Spurs
01/05 – Witbank Spurs v Thanda Royal Zulu
07/05 – Baroka v Witbank Spurs