Former Highlanders Dutch coach Hendrik Pieter De Jongh said he was attracted to Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions FC Platinum (FCP) by their professionalism both on and off the pitch.
During his presentation to the media, De Jongh also paid tribute to former FCP head coach Norman Mapeza, who left the club mid-season in 2019 and is now at Absa Premiership side Chippa United. He said:
I feel happy to be here at FC Platinum today for the official announcement. They are professional. Everything they do, they are professional, on the pitch and outside the pitch they are professional.
… I know that the former coach (Norman Mapeza) did a very great job. He was a big player. I am the first European coach at this club and it makes me proud but I am here to prove my qualities as a coach.
The arrival of De Jongh will see Lizwe Sweswe, who had been interim coach since Mapeza left in September last year, reverting to being the first assistant coach, with Patrick Mandizha below him.
Former Highlanders goalkeepers’ coach Tembo Chuma was also brought into the new FCP technical team set-up.