Mpumalanga Black Aces Football Club
Home Ground: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit; Mpumalanga (40, 929)
Coach: Mushin Ertuğral
2014/15 League Finish: 10th
Star Players To Watch: Jackson Mabokgwane, Mpho Matsi, Bongolwethu Jayiya, Aubrey Ngoma
Young Guns To Watch: Aubrey Modiba, Limbikani Mzava, Darren Laurie, James Bell
The Grand Stand View
Now that they have successfully established themselves as a premier league side, Aces will be looking to take yet another step forward and become a team that regularly challenges for the top 8 positions and competes well in the various cup competitions too, although the recent unrest regarding their sale will surely have unsettled the harmony within the setup somewhat. With an experienced nucleus to the squad and a gaffer with a keen eye for talent and a great appetite for good attacking football, one can expect Aces to be a far more balanced football club this season if they play up to their potential. Finishing 10th was a good achievement for the club, but that has now become their bare minimum for the upcoming season; a good run of form and some unheralded stars stepping up to the plate could see Aces do what many would deem unthinkable and actually better their last season’s performance. The talent is there within the squad and the gaffer will have the backing of the board and his experienced Technical Director to help him wherever he may need assistance, yet one cannot help but think that a mid-table finish will be an acceptable accomplishment for the men from Mpumalanga; yet they will be weary of the quality of sides in the lower half of the table as the marathon wears on and the wheat is separated from the chaff.