The purchase of several experienced players before the start of the season have made a major impact on the early success of Pretoria University says coach Steve Barker.
He has paid tribute in particular to the role of 34-year-old Dipsy Selolwane, who has been appointed as the club captain.
The former Botswana international was snapped up on a free transfer by Barker after being released at the end of his contract by SuperSport United in May.
“The experienced players that we brought on board have all had a major impact. Their experience has done much to lift the team,” said Barker as his side prepared to face Moroka Swallows away in their fourth match of the new Premier Soccer League season. They are unbeaten after their first three, including an away win at Lamontville Golden Arrows.
“Dipsy's done particularly well in getting the message across to the younger players and in captaining the team in our last two games. He’s been a very positive influence,” the coach added.
Barker made several key pre-season signings to reinforce his team ahead on a debut season in the top flight.
Apart from Selolwane, he signed David Radebe (ex-Free State Stars and Kaizer Chiefs), Diyo Sibisi (ex-Free State Stars, Ajax Cape Town and Maritzburg United), Vincent Kobola (Moroka Swallows) and enticed Warren Bishop back to the club after spells at AmaZulu and Santos.
Other new signings are Lionel Mtizwa, Buhle Mkhwanazi and Ramalhe Mphahalele on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns and the giant striker Mame Niang from SuperSport.
Foreign purchases are Washington Arubi from Dynamos in Zimbabwe and the Gabon defender Charly Moussono, who competed at the African Nations Cup finals earlier this year.