Absa Premiership

Papic: Motivation is a problem

2015-04-20 13:36
Kosta Papic (Supplied)

Cape Town - Polokwane City coach Kosta Papic admits it has been tough to keep his players motivated after they secured their league safety last month.

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City have only managed to win one of their last eight games in all competitions stretching back to the end of February.

Papic revealed the early-season goal set for the club was to avoid relegation and since that was achieved, with a 3-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic on 14 March, it has been difficult for him to re-focus the side.

"We told the players the aim was to avoid relegation. That was the only target they had for the season,” said Papic.

"After we beat Bloemfontein Celtic we are completely relaxed. It is very difficult to now give new pressure to the players to achieve something else.

"Of course we will try our best to finish in a position to play in the top eight next season.

"But if we do or not, we can only see at the end of the season. Mentally it is tough to set a new target again.

"I'm not sure about that but we are going to fight to win every match and get the three points."

Papic believes City played well enough to have beaten Free State Stars Saturday and was at a loss to explain the goals they conceded.

"We tried, we fought, we played very risky football, we tried everything but we didn't score," he added.

"I don't think we deserved to lose the match. We played like we were the team fighting against relegation and not them.

"The goals we are conceding are something very strange."

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