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Fransman – It Is Part Of The Game

Cape Town Spurs captain Bevan Fransman says the struggling GladAfrica Championship side need to move forward after the exit of head coach Dylan Deane this week.

Deane and the club parted ways after a run of poor results, and a 6-1 loss to Pretoria Callies on the weekend, that sees the club formerly known as Ajax Cape Town struggling in 15th spot in the second tier.

Fransman, who joined the club at the start of the season, says the mood isn’t great after the coach’s exit, but it is part of the game, and they need to move on.

“As you might understand, the mood can’t be all that great following the result on the weekend and the developments of the coach,” Fransman told the club’s media department.

“I think as players we always have sympathy when coaches leave.

“But it is part of the game, it is what we signed up for and we know how football works.

“That said, there have been some positives throughout the season.

“We have been playing a good brand of football despite results not going our way and also if you think of all the injuries in the squad, we’ve managed to cope quite well, prior to this 6-1 result.

“We need to try and move forward.” 

The 37-year-old veteran and former Bafana Bafana defender has only featured once this season, as injuries struck at the wrong time.

“When it comes down to injuries it is part and parcel of the game,” Fransman added.

“We always know that is going to happen, it is part of every season but I don’t think anybody can plan for seven, eight injuries in a week and unfortunately we had that in week three, four of the season.

“I myself had just come into the team and then suffered a concussion and ligament issues. That makes it very difficult to select your strongest eleven and you have to adjust.

“I think for a coach it is really difficult because your plans go out the window and you have to adjust the squad to fill in guys in odd positions. It has been unfortunate but we move on.

“When the coach has less players at his disposal it becomes difficult to have your strongest eleven out on the field and be competitive. But you still need to try. Unfortunately results have not gone our way.” 

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.