Marques proving doubters wrong
Zeca Marques coach of Moroka Swallows
It has only taken Marques two months into the season to win his first piece of silverware when he led his side to a 2-1 victory over SuperSport United in the MTN8 this past weekend.
“I am on a learning curve as a head coach but I am not on a learning curve as coach.
“I have been involved for many years it is just that now I have to be the one making the decisions,” the former Swallows assistant coach said.
“Sometimes as an assistant coach you have more input than the coach himself. I have learned from the mistakes of the previous coaches and I have also learned from whatever positives they had to offer.
“I have done a lot of analysis from TV and that is all part of decision making. I think I have improved on the decision making."
Marques also addressed the situation which might arise at Swallows in a couple of seasons’ time where most of his star players would be expected to retire.
Most of the Birds’ players are over the age of 30 and Marques is expected to start blooding a few youngsters into the team to avoid being a team facing transition in the future.
With the likes of Siyabonga Nomvethe, Lefa Tsutsulupa, Macbeth Sibiya, Katlego Mashego and Joseph Makhanya in the twilight of their careers, Swallows are expected to dig deep into the team’s development reserves or start a culture of signing young players.
“There is a future and a vision at Swallows but you can’t change a winning formula and you can’t buy experience,” Marques continued.
“This is what we have today. Youth sounds good but experience is better. We should also know when the right time is to bring in the younger players into the setup.
“We have proved with this MTN8 final victory that with experience we can win. We know that the older players won’t last forever.
“We have the young players in the team. We are just building them up slowly and it is about finding the right time to introduce them because they need to grow with the club.”