Orlando Pirates loanee Brian Hlongwa retains automatic promotion hope with Real Kings
Posted: 6 March 2018 Time: 15:30
Real Kings defender Brian Hlongwa still believes the team can overhaul National First Division leaders Highlands Park and gain automatic promotion to the Absa Premiership.
Highlands look set for an immediate return to the topflight following their relegation last term, as they boast a 12-point lead on closest rivals Kings with seven matches remaining.
However, Hlongwa, who is on loan at the Durban-based outfit from Orlando Pirates, says "anything can still happen".
“It’s not impossible for us to catch them," Hlongwa told Bucs' website.
“As long as we both still have games to play, anything can happen. We are just worrying about the next game and running our own race. This has been the way we’ve been doing things from day one. When you start to worry about what’s happening around you and what other clubs are doing then you lose focus on what’s most important. The important thing for us is to keep winning our games, play our best and then leave the rest to God.
“We play against very good and determined sides in the NFD, and every game is a final. Everyone wants to win their games and finish as high as possible. I think it’s a little bit harder for teams at the top and bottom of the league because every point is crucial to your survival. We were in the middle of the table at some point in the beginning but now we are second because we have stayed consistent. We just need to carry on with that.”
Meanwhile, Hlongwa says he has grown as a footballer competing in the NFD.
“The experience has taught me to be professional in my approach. I have learnt to respect my job as a footballer and respect my teammates and technical staff. It’s not to say that I didn’t do it before, but when you are in the juniors you play with your friends and age mates. So when something goes wrong it’s easy to react in a certain way because we are all kids and buddies. Out here, you are playing with people from all walks of life and different experiences. Some are older than you so you need to behave accordingly, even in the heat of battle. There are valuable life lessons because how you conduct yourself on the field also says a lot about who you are. I’ve not only grown as a player, but as an individual as well.”