Makhanya reflects on DDC season

Ashley Makhanya is satisfied with the progress TS Galaxy has made in their debut DStv Diski Challenge (DDC) season.

Under the tutelage of Makhanya as the head coach of the Galaxy reserve side, the club promoted the likes of Ethan Brooks, Ndumiso Xulu, Sibongiseni Shelembe and Muzi Mahlangu to the senior team.

Brooks is now an integral member of the first team while Shelembe and Mahlangu were on the bench in the previous match where the Rockets succumbed to defeat against Lamontville Golden Arrows.

“It was a season of stops and goes but fortunately we were able to identify prospects for the first team which is the most important thing,” said Makhanya. “We would love to have played more games but that was beyond everybody’s control. We are glad that we were able to identify the prospects for the first team.

The Rockets will be looking to promote more players in the new season.

“It is positive and good to see players like Brooks, Mahlangu, and Shelembe graduating to the first team. That’s the whole objective of the DDC. It is to prepare players to graduate to the next level.

“Again you have an opportunity to train with the first team and secondly get game time. Thirdly, which is the ultimate, to perform well at the top level. We are looking forward to the third level which will say, ‘we are doing well’ as a team” Makhanya stated.

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