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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.”

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Article by: Ryan Cooper

Previous comments on this story...

CHAMP ROBA ROBS - DANKIE KHOSI
posted: 05:14 pm
Nkomo
Nebo
posted: 05:20 pm
some people call u by names while their favourite player fail even to trap de ball in championship.
mxxx some people are better if dey are dead period.

we as de Galaxy we are wishing u all best boy and your team to be promoted to de Premier League.
Pumbaa
posted: 06:03 pm
KG please organise something there for nyawana chakalaka, he want to join after the AFCON!
lumeh
posted: 07:52 pm
Your friend Furman
CJB Ramses III
posted: 12:53 am
How about KG eyeing Bafana retirement....?

So what happened to players not being garranteed a spot in BB....?

This player already knows he'll be in the team givin the way he's being quoted...

This was one of the problems under previous coaches... players sitting on their luarels already in comfort-zones knowing that call-ups are immanent... Nxa sies...
Elite
posted: 08:42 am
Don't come here KG, the dwarf Jali will still your necklaces and the Okapi man will help him so that the midget get the place in the BB.
Vuvu
posted: 09:46 am
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Nkomo
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You dont know what you are talking about,If KG is Nkomo as you say, have you seen iNkomo playing in the English Championship.........FYI......iNkomo are players who fail trials in the same Championship.
Vuvu
posted: 09:53 am
How about KG eyeing Bafana retirement....?

So what happened to players not being garranteed a spot in BB....?

This player already knows he'll be in the team givin the way he's being quoted...

This was one of the problems under previous coaches... players sitting on their luarels already in comfort-zones knowing that call-ups are immanent... Nxa sies...
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You are hallucinating,have you ever heard of S. Gerrard(Liverpool) doubting his place in the Three Lions team except when he is injured?Read the article correctly,is KG sitting on his laurels or is playing regularly which is what GI has said consistently?
Black Jesus
posted: 10:10 am
Jali will still your necklaces
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------@Elite,I see you not very "Elite" I guess you meant steal,you must change your username to (E)Illiterate 'cause that's what you are!
CJB Ramses III
posted: 10:51 am
@ Vuvu posted: 09:53 am

You're the worst kind of human... Neurotic, an idiot & a lover of mediocrity...

Your neurosis is exposed by saying I'm hallucinating... Did Gordon say player selections is about form & fitness... KG is overweight, I've never seen a CP match so I can't judge his form from sight but playing in a second tier league means you're an inferior player... in terms of BB when has KG ever been in form....?

Look at the stats... he is one of the extraordinary failures at national team level....

You being an idiot is exposed by comparing incomparables.... England is ranked in the 10... not 80 whatever... Gerraad has a champions league medal... KG has no medal to his name... Even though I don't rate nor watch English football Gerraad plays at a much higher level than KG... infact all players at Chippa & Amazulu even Sundowns play at a much higher level than KG...

You're a flamboyant idiot Vuvu...

All the above has also highlighted your love of mediocre standards... but just to add... BB is in desperate need of fighters players that know what it takes & have felt the joys & challenges of success... KG has never had such feelings so how can we expect him to delivery success were all he knows is losing and settling for whatever....

You should be ashamed of yourself... Vuvu you're embarresment to yourself & your family sies....
Vuvu
posted: 11:11 am
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@ Vuvu posted: 09:53 am
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Your personal attack on me just shows how hollow your mind is and i wont dwell on that for the sake of logic.You are just thumb sucking,you must compare apples with apples.
Vuvu
posted: 11:19 am
CJB Ramses IIIposted: 10:51 am | Report
@ Vuvu posted: 09:53 am
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Iam comparing players in their respective teams not their rankings,you should understand better, we are nowhere near the standard of football in England and i don't care whether you watch it or not,that is why we have only one player playing in that league,some so called stars have failed trials there.

From the current BB team no one is in the same league as KG,that is my point.I don't have to swear at you to understand my point,grow and just come up with factual input to substantiate your point.If KG hasn't achieved anything in the BB squad so are some of the players in the same team,all are failures,you cannot just pick one.
CJB Ramses III
posted: 11:56 am
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@ Vuvu posted: 09:53 am
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Your personal attack on me just shows how hollow your mind is and i wont dwell on that for the sake of logic.You are just thumb sucking,you must compare apples with apples.
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Iam comparing players in their respective teams not their rankings,you should understand better, we are nowhere near the standard of football in England and i don't care whether you watch it or not,that is why we have only one player playing in that league,some so called stars have failed trials there.

From the current BB team no one is in the same league as KG,that is my point.I don't have to swear at you to understand my point,grow and just come up with factual input to substantiate your point.If KG hasn't achieved anything in the BB squad so are some of the players in the same team,all are failures,you cannot just pick one.

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Oh I must compare apples with apples...?

Hhe banna... who between you and I made juxtaspositions between "the 3 lions"/Gerrad & Bafana/KG...? You did..!

I don't want to go back-&-forth with you about this current BB because this team has hurt, dissappointed & embarrassed the majority of the nation... & just talking about BB makes me sick...!

All I'm saying is KG should not be in the national team...

You asked me for facts... well in the case of BB & KG one doesn't have to look very far...

Bafana is ranked 80 whatever, can't beat Ethiopia at home... The last time BB won a competitive match is when we beat Egypt I think....

As for KG he plays in the 2nd tier of English football... where cows chase cows all day... hence KG gives substandard performances because he plays with substandard players.... At that 2nd tier is the true reflection of English football not the premier league as the players that make things happen at that level are foreigners...
Vuvu
posted: 12:36 pm
Oh I must compare apples with apples...?

Hhe banna... who between you and I made juxtaspositions between "the 3 lions\"/Gerrad & Bafana/KG...? You did..!

I don't want to go back-&-forth with you about this current BB because this team has hurt, dissappointed & embarrassed the majority of the nation... & just talking about BB makes me sick...!

All I'm saying is KG should not be in the national team...

You asked me for facts... well in the case of BB & KG one doesn't have to look very far...

Bafana is ranked 80 whatever, can't beat Ethiopia at home... The last time BB won a competitive match is when we beat Egypt I think....

As for KG he plays in the 2nd tier of English football... where cows chase cows all day... hence KG gives substandard performances because he plays with substandard players.... At that 2nd tier is the true reflection of English football not the premier league as the players that make things happen at that level are foreigners..
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You obviously didn't understand the context of my comment(apples with apples),but i will leave that one for a time being.
From what i hear from you,I don't think you have done any football coaching coarse.What constitutes selection of players to BB?
Its the particular coaches understanding of the game and his needs for a particular system of play at the time.

Now what makes you think you have right to select and deselect players,you are just a normal football fan with no clue of the ins and out's of modern coaching.You just think players get selected for playing for particulars teams,which is not necessarily correct.
Iam asking you to give me a player/s that can outshine KG in that particular position in BB squad,there is no-one,that is why he has been there in BB with different coaches since his playing days at Arrows.One of the reasons he passed trials and got the work permit to play for Fulham was because of his consistency,vision, in the field of play,unfortunately injuries got the better of him and got relegated to the bench and down to the the 2nd tier of English football.

Now he is back and playing regularly for his team gunning for promotion.From what we have in SA,is playing at that level other than Pinaar. Khumalo has been shipped to Greece,is it a better league than the Championship.
You must understand one thing,BB is not bad because of individual players,the problem is much more complex than that......... but that's another topic for another day.
CJB Ramses III
posted: 01:35 pm
@Vuvu posted: 12:36 pm

This is way my long dashed name is appropriate for you.. Neurotic-idiotic-lover-of-mediocrity... all of a sudden I'm misunderstanding context...? You having poor grammatical skills cannot be attributed to me....

Now you want to deviate from what was a simple point of you saying I'm hallucinating contesting my point of saying KG should be out of the team....

Know you want to expand & get into coaching courses that are useless & are failing South African football...

I Haven't done any useless coaching course... it doesn't take a coach to see if a player is useless...

Stats are there for all to see & I've already mentioned a few of that facts you asked of me...

I have no power in determining team selections all I can do is voice my opinion...

As for players that can replace him...? Plenty... I've already alluded to Amazulu, Chippa & Sundowns & any of the PSL teams... any midfielder playing for those teams play at a higher level than KG so they can easily fit in midfield... but if I'm to chose from the cream of the crop.... Andile, Yeye, Kekana, Madubanya, Manyisa, Sangweni, Scott, Mokotjo, Ntsumayelo and many more....

You also speak of coaches that have selected him to play in that position.... are that stupid not to see that non of those coaches have been successful with Bafana... it's a perpetual problem & this I outlined in my 1st comment...
hai sies mman...!
CJB Ramses III
posted: 01:55 pm
@Vuvu it is not injuries that relegated KG to CP... youre misleading yourself & the public...
it is his loss if identity & that fact that he couldn't compete with Ethuhu the Nigerian...

By loss of identity i mean the natural game of flair & skill he was diplaying at arrows... now he is a typical cow robot that plays in England...

You come again & mention Pienaar... useless... what has Pienaar done...? he has also lost his flair that he displayed at both Ajaxes.... English football also destroyed John Obi Mikel... a player that was in the mold of JJ Okocha during the u/20 tournament before moving to England that has turned him into a robot and so to te subsequent demise of the Nigerian nation team...

Factors that lead to poor performance start with poor team selection... the individuals... so this coaching & coaches you so foolishly brag about is where the root of the problem is... players are robots now... So please...
Vuvu
posted: 02:15 pm
There you go again,throwing insults......now i understand the kind of person iam engaging with.You talk about grammatical errors,that has nothing to do with what we are talking about....errors do occur as we write,iam not in an exam of some kind.A little bit of advice,make it a habit of understanding the context of the people comments and stop glorifying and comparing yourself to other bloggers because if we all do that,we will loose focus of the whole matter.This website is not about you and me.

Back to the topic:You say:

"As for players that can replace him...? Plenty... I've already alluded to Amazulu, Chippa & Sundowns & any of the PSL teams... any midfielder playing for those teams play at a higher level than KG so they can easily fit in midfield... but if I'm to chose from the cream of the crop.... Andile, Yeye, Kekana, Madubanya, Manyisa, Sangweni, Scott, Mokotjo, Ntsumayelo and many more....

You seem to forget that KG started his football career here, on the very same level as the players you have mentioned above,do you think it was shear luck that he plays over there now?BIG NO.
If these players were better than him,why are they not trading their skills over there?

You are obsessed with local football it blinds your judgement,there are certain steps to the hieracy of football in this world and don't get me wrong, iam not saying he has reached that pointl.I did explain to you above his ascendancy and misfortune but because he is determined,he has survived and hasn't throw in the towel as some of our "returnees" from abroad.That should tell you something about the player's attitude which is contrary to what you said above in your initial comments.
Vuvu
posted: 02:42 pm
Well,iam glad you touched that one about Dickson Etuhu,if you remember correctly he had an injury which took long to heal and by the time he was fit again,Etuhu was on form.This happens everywhere in the world of football and that is the unfortunate part iam talking about.Locally you have examples of players like Mhlongo,Mphela,Tau,the list is endless.Does that make a player a Cow all of the sudden....i doubt it.

Secondly football is not about individuals,its a team sport unlike tennis,golf etc.

You say:"Factors that lead to poor performance start with poor team selection... the individuals... so this coaching & coaches you so foolishly brag about is where the root of the problem is... players are robots now... So please..."

What is your point really,here?Every football team should have a coach and coaches dictate the system and tactics of play,now if you say so they are the root problem,i wonder.The point of the matter here is that there good coaches and bad coaches all over the world.Poor performance of an individual player cannot be attributed to the coach only.
CJB Ramses III
posted: 02:53 pm
Vuvuposted: 02:15 pm  |  Report
There you go again,throwing insults......now i understand the kind of person iam engaging with.You talk about grammatical errors,that has nothing to do with what we are talking about....errors do occur as we write,iam not in an exam of some kind.A little bit of advice,make it a habit of understanding the context of the people comments and stop glorifying and comparing yourself to other bloggers because if we all do that,we will loose focus of the whole matter.This website is not about you and me. ???????????????????????

And then...? where does this come from...?

Did I compare myself to a blogger...? where in my comments have I written that...?

Context...? It's simple... you attacked me saying I'm hallucinating... I responded in kind, further more gave you reasons... then you came back again saying I haven't done coaching & I'm a football peasant that doesn't know anything so I shouldn't comment on football selection...
I came back crushed you're issue on coaching...
Then you came back with another lousy point of English football mentioning Bo pienaar I also crushed that matter... that's is the context of this engagement...

And now....

You have what we call an inferiority complex....

You think because a player plays abroad he's better than a player that play here...

That's unfortunate, that's why the name I've given you still stands until further notice...

Yes luck has a lot to do with players moving abroad or not...

Manier world-class players haven't moved to Europe due to sometimes being at the wrong place at the wrong time, injuries play a role, connections as to the type of agent one has and many other factors such as the recent economic downturn...

As for South African players... gone are the days of our players dreaming to play overseas... why...? The biggest factor, The financial incentive is no-longer there.... players are well paid here... the league is competitive, their families are here, world-class facilities & world-class football....

I'm not blinded by local football.... I believe in it.... especially the basics of kasi-football... that is the football that will one day make us world champions when the messaih comes... not this tactical uefa A license rubbish spoken by educated fools of coaches nowadays...
CJB Ramses III
posted: 02:58 pm
@Vuvu
You say:"Factors that lead to poor performance start with poor team selection... the individuals... so this coaching & coaches you so foolishly brag about is where the root of the problem is... players are robots now... So please...\"

What is your point really,here?Every football team should have a coach and coaches dictate the system and tactics of play,now if you say so they are the root problem,i wonder.The point of the matter here is that there good coaches and bad coaches all over the world.Poor performance of an individual player cannot be attributed to the coach only.
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Comtext.... In the case of BB poor performance is attributed to poor selection...

When you continuously select below par players like KG there's no other way than performing badly as the collective team...
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