Veteran striker Esau Kanyenda is not taking the return of Young Chimodzi and Jack Chamangwana to the Flames as head coach and deputy for granted.
Asked to give his impression on the return of the coaches, who both worked under Kinnah Phiri, the Polokwane City reigning Player of the Year said he has a lot to prove to the coaching pair.
“Young and Jack are not new to the Flames set-up and they have been there. I have worked with them before so they know what I am capable of but I am not an automatic choice. I have to show what I can do. But they are good coaches,” he said in an interview from South Africa on Wednesday.
Kanyenda, 32, has defied his advanced football age to emerge as South Africa Premiership top striker with four league goals, six behind leading scorer Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs.
“Polokwane is doing well and I do not think we deserve to go to Mvela League with the way we are playing. But the other thing is that we are able to beat big teams, but when it comes to teams that we share similar points with, we cannot beat them, which is making it difficult for us. But come next season, we will still be in the PSL,” he challenged.
City are 13th on the 16-member log table with 19 points from 16 games and the Polokwane side has 14 games to ensure their survival in the league.
When being unveiled, Chimodzi said all deserving players would be given a chance to play in the Flames as long as they come in with a right attitude and not “just to make numbers but compete”.