THANDA DETERMINED TO BOUNCE BACK
Thanda Zulu Royal Football Club has been associated with KPSMC for the last few seasons. In relocating to Durban, Thanda had got its structures in place and presented with a rejuvenated professional outlook, resulting in their association with KPSMC. The management of Thanda wanted optimum physio services to help the team going forward. Unfortunately last season was dismal as the club got relegated from SA’s top soccer league, the PSL. It was disheartening for all involved with the club.
The club is now campaigning in the coastal stream of division 1, known as the Mvela league. Thanda has managed to maintain its professional image by hiring a legend of SA soccer, Mark Fish to head their coaching staff, retained the manager, Paul Mathews and kit manager, Afzal. Having being more than pleased with the outstanding care of team physio Braam Du Toit, they have continued with their partnership with us. Braam had set the standard on exactly how a medical setup within a professional team should be run. Sumeshen Moodley has taken over from Braam on behalf of KPSMC.
Thanda has been working hard during the pre-season signing on players, improving the work ethos of existing players. They have a burning desire to get back into top flight football.
Division 1 requires nerves of steel and a battle driven attitude. Gaining maximum points in league matches is a scrappy dog-fight. Thanda had rudely learnt this the hard way, losing their 1st game of the season at home then battling to 4 successive draws.
After going into the lead in all these games, thanda just weren’t able to hold onto victory, allowing opposing teams to take valueable points away from us. We were unlucky with the draws; fatigue, referee errors, dip in concentration all contributing to Thanda’s inability to turn those drawn games into wins. The mood in the Thanda camp had been tense. KPSMC has expertly dealt with the challengeof keeping all Thanda’s top players healthy, fit and match ready thus far. Finally in week 6, that illusive victory came away from home at Ikapa sporting in Cpt.
The players showed character and desire away from home, together they fought, played for each other with such tenacity bringing much relief to the management, coaches and certainly the physio. We need to continue in this spirit to ensure we are back in the PSL wher we belong. League leaders Bay United travel to KZN to play Thanda on the 17/10/09. a mouth watering clash awaits and could indicate the destiny of both clubs at the end of the season.
KPSMC has been working tirelessly to ensure all Thanda’s top players are injury free and optimally fit for a ‘dog fight’ to top flight football next season
Kings Park Sports Medicine Center
Thanda Zulu Royal FC team physio