August warning for stars

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Now playing at Ikapa Sporting FC in the Coastal Stream of the First Division, August says he has had to quickly adjust his game to manage the work-rate needed for this competition, leading to him scoring four goals in the eight games he has played so far.

“The First Division is not bad ... the thing is that it is very quick and tough,” he tells KickOff.com. “Personally, I have had to adjust quickly to be able to cope with the speed of the football played here. It appears everything is done at pace all the time, so as to suffocate the opponent and not give them space to play.”

_quote Playing in the First Division for the first time in his career after moving from Maritzburg United at the end of last season, August has a warning for top flight players thinking of moving down a tier.

“Believe me, it is very easy for players coming from the First Division to play in the Premiership. But a player who is coming down to play in this division for the first time will find it very challenging and tough.

“Here it is so competitive that every game is always hard. But it is a good grounding. Hopefully there is going to be more players coming from First Division who will be a success in the top flight in the near future.”

The 29-year-old, who started his professional career at Hellenic in 1996, is now back playing in his original role as a striker after a few years spent in defence.

He also played for Lyngby of Denmark, along with spells at two other clubs in his hometown, Santos and Ajax Cape Town.