Cape Town - A high-ranking Highlands Park official says he would
happily settle for a succession of draws as a means to escape relegation.
Back-to-back 1-0 victories over Free State Stars and
Maritzburg United have moved the Lions of the North out of the drop zone for
the first time in several months.
Co-chairman Brad Kaftel admits his club have found life in
the top flight difficult this season, but feels the team is currently on an
"The PSL's a very tough league," he told Soccer
Laduma. "For us, it's a steep learning curve of note.
"The quality's high and everyone's fighting. There're
no bad teams. I think we're a much improved side from the first round after
strengthening well. There were some matches when we didn't believe but that's
The Gordon Igesund-coached Highlands Park are now 13th, just
a point above the relegation zone, and with 20 points from 21 matches.
With 30 points usually enough to beat the drop, Kaftel says
the aim is to try and pick up at least a point from every remaining game.
"That's the bottom line,” he replied when asked if a
point per game will result in top-flight survival.
"Could we draw two and win one of our next three
matches against Lamontville Golden Arrows, Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates?
I think so. That would put us on 25 points.
"Then we'd be a step closer. Whether my club goes to
Ajax or Bucs come to us, I truly believe that Highlands has a chance to get
something from those games."