Newly promoted DStv Premiership side Cape Town Spurs coach Shaun Bartlett has reacted to guiding the club back to SA’s top-flight.
Spurs who were relegated from the South African topflight five years ago finally made a return on Wednesday, 14 June.
They played out to a 0-0 draw against Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium which saw the Blue Army relegated to the Motsepe Foundation Championship.
The Captonians had a clean sweep in the PSL Promotional/Relegation playoffs. They finished unbeaten in four matches with three victories and a draw. To add, the Urban Warriors kept four cleansheets.
SHAUN BARTLETT’S RECTION TO DSTV PREMIERSHIP PROMOTION
The former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs striker was a happy man as he had attained his goal of playing in the premiership next season.
He managed to replicate what he did with Golden Arrows back in 2014/15 as he promoted Abafana Bes’thende.
“Disappointment is now over, we got that promotion. It was the hardest way, but for me the most satisfactory way in order to get that promotion,” said Bartlett.
“We were operating at a DStv Premiership level that’s without a doubt. Now they got a reward, the club, the players, everybody.
“It’s been long five years in this division, we deserved to be in the DStv. When you put in the hard work, it’s not by luck or coincidence to getting there. The hard work paid off today.”
HOW SHAUN BARLETT PLANS TO ADAPT IN THE DSTV PREMIERSHIP
“My players know, I coach the man first before a player. Mentally and physically we apply ourselves.
“I have been in the top division before, so for me it’s not that difficult to adapt. Obviously, a lot more work has to be done off the field, maybe get more extra staff because that’s going to be needed,” he added.
Cape Town Spurs join crosstown arc-rivals the duo of Cape Town City FC and Stellenbosch FC in the league next season.
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