PSL : Highlands Park announce new recruits and released Players
Highlands Park unveiled twelve new players ahead of their first training on Monday at Premier OR Tambo Hotel
Highlands Park have made their intentions very clear that they are in the PSL to compete and not to add numbers.
They have acquired strong experienced players to boost their squad ahead of the 2016/17 season
Highlands Park are scheduled to kick off their debut season against League champions Mamelodi Sundowns but the game could be postponed as the League Champions are competing in the CAF Interclub Competition.
“I’m quite happy with the signings. The signings were made because of what the team required‚ the positions we thought we needed to strengthen‚” Freese said on Monday.
“Signings were made because of what the team required‚ the positions we thought we needed to strengthen‚”
“I think we signed in the right positions. We are hoping that we can get together and gel as quickly as possible.”
“My first priority as coach is to stabilise the team‚” the coach said.
“It is not going to be easy‚ especially getting 12 new players into the team‚ trying to integrate them with the others we had from last season.”
“Last season (in the National First Division) was different in that we had five under-23s to start with. Those rules have changed now‚ although we do have under-23 players within the squad. We do have a mixture of experience now – senior and junior players. I just hope they can gel as quickly as possible‚” said Freese.
“Fortunately for us‚ yes we have enough time. Seeing that we have a two-week gap after everybody else (in the PSL) has started.
“I’m happy [with the squad]. Just now we have too many players and everybody starts getting confused.”
With the trend in the PSL being that rookies in the league are often the first to fight relegation at the end of the season‚ Freese is determined to avoid the relegation battle at the end of the 2016/17 campaign.
“No‚ no‚ no! We would not like to fight relegation‚” the coach stressed.
“I would like us to finish as high as possible. Let’s see where we end.”
Last season in the NFD‚ Highlands Park had one of the most superior defensive statistics‚ which the club is keen on maintaining.
The addition of strikers Collins Mbesuma, Charlton Mashumba and Edwin Sitayitayi together with Shalulile at the club has made their intention of banging in the goals quite clear.
“We hope we can still stay solid at the back. We hope we can still maintain that‚” Freese said.
“Last season we saw that we did not score enough goals. Up front we did need to strengthen and bring in guys that can score goals.”
The new Highlands Park signings are: Collins Mbesuma‚ Eddie Ngalo‚ Thanduyise Khuboni (all from Mpumalanga Black Aces)‚ Edwin Sitayitayi (Moroka Swallows)‚ Seun Ledwaba (Mamelodi Sundowns/ Royal Eagles)‚ Agustine Mbara (Dynamo‚ Zimbabwe)‚ Charlton Mashumba (Jomo Cosmos)‚ Brandon Theron (Milano FC)‚ Khethukuthula Zwane‚ Junior Sibande (both AmaTuks)‚ JP van der Merwe (Wits) and Lebogang Ditsele (Township Rollers‚ Botswana)
Players released : Valentine Mbhele, Nicholas Boke, Zwelethu Ndlovu, Thando Mdluli, Malcolm Jacobs, Cyprian Khambule (Returning to Bidvest), Karl Clements, Dino Ramic, Sifiso Mnguni, Motjeka Madisha (Returning to Sundowns), Zivai Verenga • Stanley Kgatla