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Bartlett Gives Radiopane Update, Rings Alarm Bells

Cape Town Spurs head coach Shaun Bartlett says Boitumelo Radiopane will only return to the field in January and the club desperately need a proven goal scorer after a tough start to the DStv Premiership campaign.

Spurs are the only team with zero points from their first three league games after the latest 3-1 defeat to Polokwane City at the Peter Mokaba stadium on Saturday.

Bartlett’s men did not show any urgency to score in the match with their best efforts coming in the last 15 minutes of the match, when they were already three goals down.

The side has only scored once in three outings while conceding six goals and Spurs are at the bottom of the log with no points.

After the match, Bartlett gave an update on Radiopane who suffered a serious injury during the promotion play-offs saying and is missed upfront.

“We won’t see him until January,” Bartlett said.

“It was a really bad injury so he had surgery and obviously the Doctor said three to five months.

“So he only had the surgery in July, which obviously pretty much puts him out of the first half of the season.”

Though conceding has been a big problem for Spurs, Bartlett knows there is cover in someone like Nicholus Lukhubeni but he is still some weeks away from making the team and the coach emphasised the need for a deadly man upfront.

“At this moment in time we are looking for a proven goal scorer, which I think every coach or team in the country is looking for,” Bartlett told the media after the game.

“Currently in the country there is nobody available so we’ve got to try and obviously look abroad as well and then Nicholus [Lukhubeni] is obviously a great option for us on the right hand side.

“The biggest challenge for us at this moment in time he is not match fit. So we’ve got to work on that maybe another three to four weeks before he is ready and we then obviously will be able to utilise his services.

“But at this moment in time he’s got to obviously work on his individual programme in order to benefit the team.”

Spurs are next in action at home against Chippa United on Friday, 25 August.

Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago is currently working as a web and newspaper writer for iDiski Times. This award-winning sports journalist covers the Limpopo area and also specialises in coverage of women's football, including Banayana Banyana.