Lentjies Opens Up On Coaching Debut
Chippa United caretaker coach Kurt Lentjies has opened up on his debut managerial victory after succeeding the suspended Gavin Hunt.
The Chilli Boys secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bakgakga in the DStv Premiership clash at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday evening.
Lentjies took over after the head coach Gavin Hunt was given a ‘precautionary suspension’ after a poor string of results, and he is being assisted by Siyabulela Gwambi.
“Yeah, no, it’s not actually… my first match as a coach, but it’s not about me, it’s about the group obviously,” Lentjies said after the game.
“So after eleven matches, we got 10 points, so we are looking to turn around the corner it hasn’t been the best of start for us this season, but I couldn’t ask for more from the boys today when it comes to commitment and following their game plan.
“But I mean, I’m very happy with the results away from home, like I told the guys is boring two, three teams in the league, we should be gunning for three points in every single match that we play, and fortunately enough, we got the points tonight.”
The 36-year-old was also thankful to his technical team members, saying they have been supporting each other in this difficult moment, also credited Hunt despite a long run without a win.
“No, just confidence, confidence, and a change of mindset, so big ups to the technical team, everyone had been working, we only worked with the team for a week,” he said.
“So we were just saying now we just need to boost the guy’s confidence because obviously, it’s not nice for everyone to be losing football matches all the time, you are going to lose confidence.
“But like I said, I just asked for basically; commitment, encouraging your teammate and working together towards one goal and that’s what got us three points.
“That’s something that has been happening all season, not just now with this one game, this game should have one, two, three and four, we didn’t take our chances. But today, let’s be grateful we got three points by scoring one goal and not conceding.
“So it’s all about the three points whether we scored three or four goals, we managed to get the three points, which is the most important thing.
“We take it one game at a time like I told the guys was that we must stick within the team, we celebrate the victory to date. We forget about the game tomorrow, and we bring the confidence back into the next game.
“So we’re taking it one day at a time. We don’t want to load them with too much information. These guys know what to do in certain moments in the game. They just need a bit of guidance here and there.
“But obviously credit to Gavin Hunt yesterday’s help and hasn’t been favourable, but he’s done a lot of work with the team everything that was done. You could see it coming out in the game tonight. So be thankful for that as well.”