Luc Eymael insists Polokwane City's only target is a top eight finish
Posted: 8 February 2017 Time: 09:07
Polokwane City coach Luc Eymael has reiterated the club's target is to finish in the top eight for the first time in their history ahead of their match against Maritzburg United tonight.
Eymael's side punched above their weight in the first half of the season, as they collected 21 points from 15 league matches, to position themselves fifth on the log table – their highest since the club won promotion in 2012.
Following their showing in the first round, a lot been said about this Rise and Shine outfit, but Eymael's only target, which was shared to him by club's chairman Jonhny Mogaladi during the offseason, is to see the club finish in the top eight.
"[Top eight] is the target and we'll try to achieve it at the end of the season. It is the target the chairman has asked me to achieve," Eymael tells KickOff.com.
"We'll try to do our best, and we know very well that it is not that simple, but to take care of the baby [sic] is more difficult, so we have to face the second round."
The Beligian tactician also says, having shown their potential in the first round, opponents will be more wary of therr threat in the second, but adds that the first few games will be crucial to collect points in order to maintain their current standing.
"I can say it'll be a tougher second round than the first round, because we will no longer be a surprise team," he concedes.
"I also think that, okay there are 15 games to go but, the first three or four games are very important.
"I think if we can take points there then we'll continue on a good track, but Maritzburg United have bounced back since we last visited them, so it'll be very tough."
Last season striker Thobani Mncwango scored 13 goals in 29 league appearances, but has scored just three goals so far this time around.
Eymael, though, says he is not expecting only Mncwango to score, but feels it has to be shared amongst the players in the remaining games of the season.
"We don't want to put pressure on anybody, but [Mncwango] convinced that he can do better in the second round," says Eymael.
"It's not only Thobani who can score goals, there's lot of different players in the team [that can contribute with goals]."
City host the Team of Choice at the Peter Mokaba Stadium this evening, with kick-off scheduled for 19h30.