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Olde Riekerink Ready For In-Form Pirates

Ahead of Cape Town City’s DSTV Premiership game against Orlando Pirates this week, City Coach Jan Olde Riekerink admits their start to the season could have been better.

City currently find themselves in sixth spot on the table, after two wins, two draws, and one loss.

Undefeated Pirates (with two wins and three draws) are in third spot.

Reflecting on this season’s results, Olde Riekerink feel they could’ve got wins rather than draws against Chippa United and Amazulu.

“I think this season we could have done a little better, Chippa was a bit of a disappointing game, the draw, but last year we lost at Athlone Stadium.”

“Maritzburg was a great win, a tactical win, I think we played a little bit more on the counter-press, with the same idea, but I think we did very good, that was a very difficult game for us.”

“And of course the Bloemfontein was a very good game, with beautiful goals.”

“And the last game? I think the chairman said something to the press, I cannot read every english word, but I think it was something about the decision of the referee?” joked Olde-Riekerink.

City’s last game was marred by a poor refereeing decision that gave Amazulu an early penalty when Lehlohonolo Majoro was clearly fouled outside the box.

City have lost two games this season, once in the league against Mamelodi Sundowns, and once to their opponents on Saturday, when Pirates knocked them out of the MTN8.

Olde-Riekerink has been impressed with Pirates this season, particularly their recent form.

And he just hopes he doesn’t have a player get a red card again, with City having to play with ten men in both their last two games against Pirates.

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“I hope we will finish this game with eleven against eleven, because I only played them with ten, one win and one loss. With the loss we were the better team, and in the first one we got the win from our mentality.”

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.