Chippa United coach Farouk Abrahams is elated at his new signing, Erwin Isaacs, with a tinge of expectation detected in his voice as he speaks passionately about the Cape's prodigal son.
Since being handed the Chilli Boys baton, Abrahams has unassumingly gone about his business, undeterred by the side's poor run of form prior to his arrival.
He has since turned the rookies into a confident outfit that has demanded the respect of the nations 'wealthier' clubs and whose odds on relegation with bookmakers like Paddy Power have lengthened.
Abrahams, who prides himself on managing his players with qualitative precision, spoke to Football411 about his most recent acquisition.
"Erwin Isaacs has come of age and will flourish at Chippa. We need quality up front and Erwin is our man," an enthusiastic Abrahams told this site.
This is indeed an opportunity for the former Santos and Wits player to redeem himself and focus on what he does best, scoring goals.
Isaacs made a R3million move to the Gauteng-based Students but was soon on his way back to the Mother City, having struggling to make an impact - this following Roger de Sa's exit, with the Orlando Pirates boss having signed Isaacs while still with Wits.
The striker's goal-scoring ratio is one goal every three matches, a stat that makes him a popular option with fans who like to bet on football and that compliments his ability to run at defences, cross, create space, dribble and, of course, score prolific goals. Isaacs is Cape Flats football personified and many coaches would relish the thought of having him in their starting XI.
In the nine games since Abrahams arrival, Chippa have managed just seven goals, giving Isaacs an indication of what his target is for the latter half of this season, and Abrahams believes that he (Isaacs) is capable of fulfilling his potential.
"We speak the same language. This is his final chance to prove himself and I believe he is up to the challenge. It's all about a positive mindset," concluded an inspired Abrahams.
By Farouk Musson
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