Kagisho Dikgacoi confident of Crystal Palace promotion
Posted: 26 November 2012 Time: 4:53 pm
Despite seeing a 14-game unbeaten run come to an end this past weekend, Kagisho Dikgacoi is still confident Crystal Palace can win promotion to the English Premiership come the end of the season.
The Eagles lose 2-1 to Leeds United to slip into second place in the standings – behind Cardiff City – but will still feel confident of a return to the top-flight for the first time since 2005.
Dikgacoi has been integral to Palace’s good run and remains confident he will be playing in the Premiership again, having tasted it with Fulham following his move from Golden Arrows in 2009.
“We had a good run and obviously we want to build on it and push for promotion next season,” he tells KickOff.com.
“The team has been together for some time so that has played a huge part in our good form. We also started well last season, but then I think we were more concentrating on the cup competitions then.
“However, this season we want to get promotion and that’s what we are focused on. We have had a couple of new faces come in and they have added value, so hopefully we can keep it going this time.”
However, Dikgacoi will be lost to Palace for most of January – the busiest time in the English calendar – while he represents Bafana Bafana at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Many players – most notably Steven Pienaar – have come under pressure because of the club versus country issue, but ‘KG’ doesn’t believe it will be an issue for him.
“I haven’t spoken to the manager yet, but I don’t think there will be any problems,” he says. “If there is, Fifa rules say the players need to be released two weeks before the tournament, so it shouldn’t be an issue.
“But I think Gordon [Igesund] has spoken to Palace already – I don’t know what came of the talks – so hopefully I can join the team early enough so that we can prepare as best we can for the Nations Cup.”