Cape Town - Polokwane
City manager Kosta Papic is unlikely to let recent accolades cloud his vision
of ensuring top flight survival for the club.
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Rise and Shine only
managed to keep their PSL status intact last season by winning a promotion
play-off battle against National First Division teams Milano United and Black
But since arriving
at the Limpopo club in September last year, Papic has taken the team from a
perilous position down near the foot of the table all the way up to sixth spot.
However, with only
seven points separating Polokwane from the drop zone, Papic is not getting
carried away with his achievements just yet and says the main objective is
still the same - to secure the club’s top-flight status for another year.
"I had an
agreement with the chairman (Johnny Mogaladi). We agreed that we are going to
make sure that we do not get relegated," Papic told The Sowetan.
"We need about
seven or nine points to be safe. If we finish higher than we are right now,
then it will be a bonus," he said ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Ajax
Cape Town in the Mother City.
Papic is renowned
for getting his teams to play an attacking and exciting brand of football, and
in this respect is not concerned about the fact that his side have conceded the
most number of goals in the league: 32 in 17 matches.
score one more goal than your opponents. People go buy tickets, and if they are
not satisfied, they won't come back," said Papic, who was named as the
Premiership Coach of the Month for November and December last year.