Troughton has no regrets about leaving Tuks

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Affectionately known as ‘Special Branch’ during his playing days, Sammy says there is no bad blood between him and Tuks’ management but he just felt that the time had arrived for him to move on.

Troughton tells snl24.com/kickoff that he enjoyed his time as a coach at the university.

“I still had a contract with Tuks that had about five or six months to go but when I received an offer from Durban Stars I knew it was time for me to move on. I did not run away because the team is struggling but I felt I had to move having joined the Tuks in 1999.

_quote“Last year we had some success in reaching the Platinum Playoffs, but I was disappointed when we lost against AmaZulu. My focus now is on Durban Stars. I believe there is a lot of talent here,” says the 1986 Jomo Cosmos Mainstay Cup finalist.

“I enjoyed a good relationship with everyone at Tuks; the players, the technical team and managers of other sports codes in the varsity. The facilities at Tuks were world class.

“It is some of the things I am going to miss. I am happy though that I did what I had to do during my time there and last season was great,” says the former Sundowns and Orlando Pirates player.

Durban Stars are currently lying 6th where they have managed to collect a mere seven points from 10 games in the Coastal Stream.

“My immediate objection is to get the team out of the relegation zone. I am not going to be a policeman but I want the players to focus and follow my instructions.

“It is also very important for them to regain the confidence, start to express themselves. The club has a long way to go to be where the likes of Maritzburg United are in the League table.

“Our objective is to build a formidable side for next season. There is a lot to play for though with 33 points on offer. We will take one game at a time. The club is very ambitious and I am sure we going to reach our goals,” he says, adding that he has not yet signed a contract for with Durban Stars.

Born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, Troughton played for Wolverhampton Wanderers before coming to South Africa to play for Jomo Cosmos, Mamelodi Sundowns and then Orlando Pirates.

He had one month stint as a caretaker coach at Orlando Pirates in 1994 before the arrival of Mike Makaab.