Cape Town - Polokwane
City goalkeeper Dino Visser said the initial targets for the team had not
changed this season, despite managing to exceed expectations during the first
half of the campaign.
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When the season started, the primary objective for Polokwane
City was to steer clear of the relegation zone and during their first 17 rounds
of football they have managed to do a lot more than that.
Rise and Shine are currently sixth in the Premiership
standings and threatening to rise even higher as the season progresses.
However, Visser and Polokwane City are not getting carried away
with things just yet, even though they are hugely satisfied with what has
transpired thus far.
"We certainly finished off very strong (in 2014). The
club’s ambition from the start of the season was just to maintain the PSL
status," Visser told Football411.com.
"That will obviously stay a clear goal for the team. We
would obviously like to finish as high as we possibly can, whether that is in
the top of eight or not, just as long as we stay as far away from the
relegation zone as possible," added Visser, who has become a critical cog
in this Polokwane City machine this season.
While Visser has past Premiership experience, he has not
always enjoyed a considerable amount of game-time, during tenures at Platinum
Stars and at Bloemfontein Celtic. However, it would appear he has won over the
favour of Kosta Papic this season, despite being in fierce competition with
veteran keeper Modiri Marumo.
"It has been very good. I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I
have been in this industry since I was 19 and I have really enjoyed the fact
that I have had a lot more opportunities to play this season. In previous
seasons I have been a second choice or only managed a handful of games,"
"I really have enjoyed working with our management,
which is fantastic. We have a great coach and a great goalkeeper coach. So that
has been really good," he added.
Visser and Marumo have shared the responsibility this season
and Visser says that the experience has been beneficial for him, primarily
because it has provided healthy competition within the squad but also because
both players have learned a considerable amount from each other.
"In my career I have only ever benefitted from it when
I have an experienced goalkeeper that I am competing against because you learn
so much from one another. Every training session, you are feeding off one
another and discussing things.
"So, it has been really good and he is such a good
character to work with. Such a humble person and such great work ethic. I have
thoroughly enjoyed working with him."