Register Login Scores


Doc: Do Our New Signings Produce?

SportPesa Clubhouse column ambassador, Doctor Khumalo, discussed that for players to produce for their new clubs, talent alone won’t cut it.

"This is the background of what I want to focus on here at home. We are not saying these players were not performing at their previous clubs or anything, but I was impressed with the performances displayed by SuperSport United’s Thamsanqa Gabuza, who scored two goals against Bidvest Wits in the MTN8 quarter-final. 

Read Doc’s Previous Column: The New Signing Effect

"He’s been instrumental in his new team’s two crucial games that I regard as 'Group A' games in a space of a few days. He came on as a substitute against his former club, Orlando Pirates, during the week and did well, but he was so excellent against Wits. At some stage, he was frustrated at Pirates and we all saw what happened when they played against Black Leopards. He was angry and disappointed, but after he scored against Wits, he ran to the bench and hugged his coach, Kaitano Tembo. What kind of an influence have SuperSport had on him so far? Is he in a more relaxed atmosphere with not too much expectations? Is he understanding his new club better or is it just a case of a new environment? Whenever a player scores and hugs a coach, there’s a message being sent out. 

Check Out Doc Khumalo’s SportPesa Betting Tips For This Week

"There are so many players I can mention in relation to what I am talking about, where players struggle at one club and go on to do much better at another. You look at Vincent Pule - not to say he was struggling at Wits - and how he’s enjoying his game at Pirates. He’s more confident and vocal, influencing games and clearly out of his shell. He’s become one of the team’s danger men. Look at Wayne Sandilands and how well he’s been doing since joining Pirates, which is why he’s their number one goalkeeper at the moment. He’s had his ups and downs, but managed to redeem himself. He was even sent to the MultiChoice Diski Challenge team and regained his confidence without any noise. Some players would probably have even refused to go play in the MDC and choose to leave instead. He didn’t do that and remained a professional, which is commendable. Now he’s reaping the rewards. There are so many factors that one can look at when trying to analyse why a player is doing better at his new club than his original club. Most of all, I believe, the coaches play a major role in influencing the performance of the player.

"For example, a coach will understand the player’s background, where he is best suited on the field, how to get the best out of him and I also believe some coaches have a way of getting into their players’ minds to prepare them. The mental factor plays a huge role and sometimes we can argue that the coach changed things only to find that the player just couldn’t fit into his former coach’s philosophy. Sometimes there are things players aren’t happy about, be it contractual issues and that sometimes affect their performance. These are things that happen behind the scenes and people don’t even know about them. It would be very interesting to hear what influence these players’ performances at their new homes but, unfortunately, we may not know the exact reasons."

Get Off The Bench And Score. Click Here to Register


Top 5

Pirates Captain Opens Up Ahead Of Crunch Clash…

19 Aug 11, 2020 08:04 AM in Orlando Pirates

11 South African-born Players Who Represented Other Countries

25 Jul 11, 2020 08:01 PM in African Football

Chiefs Also Without Key Player For Wits Clash

6 Aug 11, 2020 01:12 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

10 Footballers Who Were Rich Before Football

12 Jul 24, 2020 07:16 PM in International

Downs' Season End Record Better Than Chiefs'

9 Aug 11, 2020 11:17 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Boost For Chiefs’ FIFA Ban Cause…

29 Aug 09, 2020 11:00 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Downs Pick Up Interest In Pirates Star?

34 Aug 08, 2020 11:02 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Hunt Confirms Registering 42-Year-Old

9 Aug 07, 2020 07:30 AM in PSL

Official: Real Madrid Confirm Another Exit

3 Aug 10, 2020 05:15 PM in Real Madrid

Downs’ Role In Highlands Park Mooted Sale…

16 Aug 07, 2020 05:31 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Pirates Defender Ruled Out For Downs Clash

9 Aug 11, 2020 11:33 AM in Orlando Pirates

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

33 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

Watch: Tau Announces Himself With Cheeky Anderlecht Goal

6 Aug 11, 2020 12:36 PM in Players Abroad

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

11 May 20, 2020 08:32 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch