Absa Premiership

Olde Riekerink relieved to get off the mark with CT City

2020-01-07 13:44
Jan Olde Riekerink
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Cape Town - Cape Town City coach Jan Olde Riekerink admits his side's first win in six games has come as a huge relief to the players and management.

It was Olde Riekerink's first victory since taking charge on November 6 and lifted City all the way from the foot of the table in to 11th position.

And the Dutch mentor admits the win has done wonders for the players' confidence, who at one point must have been wondering where their next victory would come from.

"The players felt the strain of their position (on the log) and they are only human," Olde Riekerink told TimesLive.

"You could understand their caution‚ you could feel it in the first half.

"But I understood that they were feeling the pressure. At half-time I tried to make them more aware about their qualities.

"But we were liberated after the goal‚ we used the space better in the second half.

"I was happy for the boys‚ it was a reward for all their hard work."

And the 56-year-old hopes the win will spur the team in to going on a winning run.

"It has all to do with confidence," said Olde Riekerink.

"We shoudn’t be in this position.

"But if we don’t win against AmaZulu‚ then the victory of Sunday will have been of no consequence."

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