How wily Dutch coach Jan Olde Riekerink bought Cape City Metropolis’s groove again


“In fact if you’re a coach and you’re new coming into the workforce, there are totally different guidelines and totally different cultures. Everyone has to get used to it.

“I’m Dutch and I feel Dutch and act Dutch. As a bunch, as gamers and as employees you must know one another effectively and that takes time, that’s logic,” stated Riekerink. “With the assistance of everyone, we grew as a bunch and it’s at all times a course of. To be sincere it was not at all times very secure, there have been additionally arduous phrases and arduous moments.

He stated he talked about to the gamers how they’d grown collectively,  even earlier than the Covid-19 disruptions, and the way the group was growing as a workforce.

“They had been combating mentally. The thoughts is stronger than the physique and that’s what you noticed as we speak. They’re only a incredible bunch of men. As a coach you’ll be able to information however they should do it themselves and, as I stated, the gamers and the employees have grown accustomed to one another very effectively and I like that very a lot.

“Everyone, in fact, has totally different backgrounds however we work very arduous to get everyone collectively. I need to thank my technical workforce, my health coach, the gamers and the chairman. They needed to imagine that we’ll get out of this and making a workforce and never people, and I feel that it’s what you noticed [against Pirates].”

Riekerink inherited a workforce from Benni McCarthy in November final 12 months low on confidence and in mid-table, having received simply as soon as in 18 matches earlier than Bafana Bafana all-time main purpose scorer acrimoniously left the membership. He had a torrid begin, attaining his first win after six matches as Metropolis plunged into relegation waters.

Metropolis are actually positioned seventh on 36 factors with three video games remaining and subsequent meet Lamontville Golden Arrows on Saturday earlier than wrapping up their marketing campaign in opposition to Highlands Park and SuperSport United.