Trevor Phillips joins Thanda

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Disclosing this, Thanda manager Thabani Gumede says ‘the British Bulldog’ is already on board but management will only announce in what capacity next week.

Meanwhile, Thanda midfielder Bennet Mnguni says the visit by former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson to their Durban base has inspired his teammates to put more effort in what looks likely to be a gruelling Premiership second round.

_quoteThe Manchester City mentor’s visit is part of the joint venture between the English Premiership giants and Amabhubesi to culminate in a player exchange in the future.

Mnguni says players attended a dinner at which Eriksson gave an inspiring speech and now have renewed vigour and confidence going into next matches, starting with a visit to high flying Ajax Cape Town at Athlone Stadium on Wednesday night.

“It was a wonderful experience having a big-name coach like Eriksson addressing us on many issues surrounding football. He also told us that he was impressed by some of our players and that has lifted our spirits.

“You can see they are all eager to impress now in the hope that can land themselves an overseas contract,” says the veteran midfielder.

Reflecting on the Supersport 1-0 loss, Mnguni said were it not for the costly mistake by keeper Aime Kitenge and brilliance of visitor’s keeper Dennis Onyango, they would have collected maximum points.