Visser wishes to continue surge

2015-01-05 14:07
Dino Visser (Supplied)

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

"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," said Visser.

"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."


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