DESPITE winning their first National First Division (NFD) match over the weekend, Royal Eagles interim coach Zipho Dlangalala says there is still tons of work ahead of him.
Eagles beat Richards Bay FC 3-2 in a KZN derby on Saturday.
Said Dlangalala: “We are happy with our first three points even though we made lots of mistakes. Richards Bay gave us a good run.
“They managed to come back in the second half and score two goals. Yes we won, but there’s still a long way to go. The team is not where I want it to be and it’s my job to make sure it gets there.”
This was Dlangalala’s second match in charge after taking over from Allan Freese, who was fired two weeks ago. In his first match last week Dlangalala got a point when they drew 1-1 at home against Super Eagles.
The former Orlando Pirates MDC coach said he would wait and hear from the club bosses whether they were willing to give him the job permanently.
He said for now he was concentrating on making sure that Eagles continued picking up points.
Natal Rich Boys coach Roger Sikhakhane said his boys didn’t show up in the match – especially the first half.
Said Sikhakhane: “I don’t know whether they underestimated our opponents or what, but we didn’t play our normal game. We defended too deep and ended up conceding three goals. The second half was better. We scored twice but it was too late. We’ll continue to work hard and rectify those mistakes.”
- Real Kings United suffered their first defeat of the season when they lost 1-0 to Super Eagles on Saturday. Their Durban rivals Uthongathi FC came back with a point at Jomo Cosmos on Sunday, the match ending 1-1.
Leaders Stellenbosch FC remained on top of the standings after beating Umtata Bucks 1-0 away. Stellies have 14 points, one ahead of University of Pretoria who beat Mbombela United 4-1 at home.