Dos Santos disappointed with fifth place

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Dos Santos openly states that his team underachieved, though they did progress to the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup before being humiliated 8-1 by Free State Stars.

Ikapa spent heavily at the beginning of the season to lure several experienced players to the club after buying the franchise of Fidentia Rangers.

“I am disappointed with the way we finished the season. I assembled a squad that I thought had the potential to finish higher than fifth position. While we had to be realistic in that this was our first season and we were on a learning curve we should have been challenging the teams at the top rather than running away from relegation.

“In the end we were very far away from the teams at the top while very much closer to the bottom teams. But we have learnt our lesson and next season we will improve and sort out where we went wrong. There is obviously going to be players that leave and others that stay,” says Dos Santos.

Ikapa finished with 21 points from the same number of games scoring 25 goals and conceding 30 during a season in which they started as potential play-off hopefuls.

But in the end Ikapa were just seven points ahead of relegated Western Province United and a massive 26 points behind eventual League winners Maritzburg United.

Ikapa had signed experienced players like Bradley August, Ashley Opperman, Shaun Potgieter, Reagan Noble, Grant Igesund and Shaun Permall but they didn’t make much of an impression in the end.

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