Allan Freese backs Collins Mbesuma and fellow new signings to impress for Highlands Park


Following their promotion via the Pay-offs Highlands have brought in Collins Mbesuma, Thanduyise Khuboni, Zamuxolo Ngalo, Khethukuthula Zwane, Junior Sibande, Charlton Mashumba, Brandon Theron, Augustine Mbara, Edwin Sitayitayi, Seun Ledwaba, JP van der Merwe and Lebogang Ditsele.

“I think we have signed in the right positions and we are hoping that we can get together as quickly as possible so that the players can gel. For us as a team and me as a coach the first priority is to stabilise the team. I am happy because if we get too many players then we will get confused. We have some experienced guys that will come and help to take the team forward. With the squad that we have I firmly believe we will compete. I would like us to end as high as possible after consolidating our place. Let us see where we end but it has to be as high as possible,” says Freese.

With their opening-week opponents Mamelodi Sundowns involved in the CAF Champions League The Lions of the North will only kick off their campaign in August with the hope that they remain solid at the back just like they did last season.

“Fortunately for us seeing that we are not going to start with everybody, we have a two-week gap and we start on the 13th of September after everybody so we do have time. We hope we can still stay solid at the back. We hope we can still maintain that, last season as you saw we didn’t score enough goals and the team signed players in positions that we needed to strengthen. Upfront, we saw the need to strengthen by bringing in guys that can score goals. A guy like Collins has huge experience and is someone who has done well in the PSL and scored goals so I am very happy to have him,” adds Freese.