Absa Premiership

Riekerink: City players can be proud of recent results

2020-01-27 09:21
Jan Olde Riekerink
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Cape Town - Cape Town City head coach Jan Olde Riekerink believes his players deserve a lot of credit for the way they've turned their form around this year.

The Citizens were struggling to find any sort of consistency at the back end of 2019, but since the turn of the new year they have lifted themselves up to 10th position in the Absa Premiership standings.

Thus far in 2020 the Mother City outfit have won three and drawn one of their five league games, most recently beating Black Leopards 1-0, and only lost to league leaders Kaizer Chiefs.

Riekerink is pleased with what he has seen from his players in recent weeks.

Speaking to the media after the 1-0 win over Lidoda Duvha, Riekerink said: "It was important for us to make a strong statement in the first half and not allow them to dictate the rhythm, and we did just that.

"We had a really big chance from a corner earlier on and if we scored a goal the whole game would have been a lot easier. Then later on we dropped the tempo too low and had to make repairs at half-time.

"We let Mpho Makola, who was playing as a defensive midfielder play a little more deeper and Thabo Nodada in midfield a little more into spaces behind Kermit and in-between their two central defenders. They did well; there was little more focus on the transition and we started to dictate play again.

"I must pay my team a big compliment for the points they've earned this year. We were in a difficult situation on the log and needed a change in fortunes, so again well done to them for what they've been able to achieve."

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