Absa Premiership’s youngest club Cape Town City are languishing at the foot of the table as Jan Olde Riekerink works to find his feet in Mzansi.
The experienced Dutchman arrived in Cape Town to replace Benni McCarthy late in 2019 - and has thus far played seven games with one victory. But all is not bleak. City have been very dominant in possession and chance creations except for a lethal edge in front of goal.
"I must say that I'm surprised. There’s a lot of strength (in the league). A lot of times we played teams that had good strikers. And the good strikers were also able to score (against us),” the 59-year-old told Sport24.
"Sometimes the conditions can change... the heat, the humidity, the air in Johannesburg and the pitches can change game by game (playing at different venues)."
"I love to coach in this competition and if I look at my squad, we have different qualities, but I think we should use them more.
"You (media) saw the training, what qualities we have, if that comes out in the game, we can add something different to the way we play."
The Citizens have another unforgiving fixture with the always sturdy and rugged Bidvest Wits coming to Cape Town this weekend.
"I know that Wits have to play four games in 10 days and that (match against CT City) will be the fourth," Riekerink added.
"The moment we meet them they will still have some games (in hand). I know they could also be competing for the first position. So, they have a good team."
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