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Olde Riekerink – We Are Climbing Again

Cape Town City Head Coach Jan Olde Riekerink was happy to break the ‘Thohoyandou curse’ as City picked up their first win against Black Leopards in Venda.

Since City’s inception, results have not gone well for the Mother City at Leopard’s stronghold, but that came to an end as a Surprise Ralani brace handed City a 2-0 win.

Olde Riekerink says he was happy to get the win, and also pleased to keep a clean sheet.

Fifth–placed City have conceded 18 goals this season.

“I knew before it was a difficult match because Cape Town City never won against Black Leopards (away) so that was a big challenge, it was a big challenge to keep the clean sheet one time, because we’ve conceded a lot of goals. And both we achieved,” Olde Riekerink said after the game.

“First half we played very well, I think we deserved even two, three goals more. I think second half Black Leopards came back in the game, it was getting more and more a fight, the weather conditions became also a fight, it was raining the whole game, and before the game there was a lot of water, so second half became a battle.”

“But I must say we were very stable and we were very happy that at the end we scored another goal. So it’s a 2-0 win, we are climbing again in the ranking and we have Arrows this weekend, so hopefully we get a lot of confidence to approach that game.”

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.