RICHARDS Bay FC general manager Richard Makhoba says they are convinced that the technical team led by Roger Sikhakhane will turn the corner and start collecting much-needed points.

The National First Division (NFD) newcomers are finding it tough at the moment and have yet to win in four matches played.

Said Makhoba: “We are using the same technical team that got Thanda (Royal Zulu) promoted last season. They can’t become useless overnight. Things aren’t going our way at the moment but we are convinced we will turn the corner.

“We’ve just been unlucky in our matches. We are playing well, creating those scoring chances, but luck hasn’t been on our side.”

The Natal Rich Boys host Limpopo outfit Tshakhuma Tsha Mazdivhandila at Umhlathuze Sports Complex in Richards Bay on Sunday (3pm). Makhoba reckons this match could be the one to bring a change in fortune for them.

He said: “If you watched our last match against Jomo Cosmos, we played very well and lost it through an own goal. Our next match presents us with the opportunity we need to turn things around.

“What is good about our team is that we are not pointing fingers at each other. We are going through this as a team. Players are still positive, no one is panicking. One win will open doors for us.”

Richards Bay are currently in 15th position with two points, the same points tally as their KwaZulu-Natal rivals Royal Eagles. Both teams have lost two matches and drawn two.

Eagles fired head coach Allan Freese earlier this week and have since roped in former Orlando Pirates MDC coach Zipho Dlangalala as caretaker. Dlangalala’s first match in charge is against Super Eagles at Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday (3pm).

The other KZN teams in action this weekend are Uthongathi FC, who host Mthatha Bucks at Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu, and Real Kings, who will be away to Black Leopards at Giyani Stadium – both on Saturday (3pm).