Stellies end eight-game winless run
Riekerink admits City were second best in Cape derby
Cape Town City coach Jan Olde Riekerink didn’t allow the heartache of losing the Western Cape derby to Stellenbosch to stop him from admitting Stellies were deserving winners.
Stellenbosch earned the 2-1 win over Riekerink's City thanks to goals from Stanley Dimgba and Ashley du Preez. City scored via Aubrey Ngoma. The Cape derby victory ended Stellies’ eight-game winless run, while extending City’s winless streak to six games in all competitions.
“They had a real fighting spirit and we weren’t able to create the chances we needed. I think they deserved to win because they had greater moments in the game than us. They really had a bigger desire to win,’’ Riekerink said after Saturday’s match at Cape Town Stadium.
Before meeting Stellies, City had played Chippa United away three days earlier, while Stellies had last been in action on Sunday last week, when they travelled to Tshakhuma. Riekerink insinuated that fatigue took its toll on his players on Saturday.
“The team was willing to play but you could see that we were not that fresh,’’ said the City coach.
The Dutchman also insisted they will soon return to winning ways. The Citizens have amassed 25 points from 19 DStv Premiership outings this season. City's next fixture is away to direct top-eight rivals Golden Arrows on Saturday.
“We will bounce back. We have a very good team, quality players. So we must just keep on working hard and minimise those small individual mistakes. I am hopeful we will start to win games again,’’ said Riekerink.