Molekwa to see out season with Polokwane


Molekwa was handed the coaching reins at Rise and Shine following the recent departure of Luc Eymael, who stepped down in Polokwane before ultimately joining Bloemfontein Celtic.

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Molekwa picked up his first point as coach for City after watching the side play to a goalless draw against African champions Mamelodi Sundowns in Tshwane yesterday, and according to the interim coach, City boss Jonny Mogaladi has given him the task of leading the club up until the end of the season.

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"The chairman has given me the task of leading the team until the end of the season. That's what I am doing now," said Molekwa in a post-match interview at Loftus Versfeld yesterday.

Eymael's departure from Polokwane City came as a shock to most, including the players, who seemed to enjoy working under the Belgian coach in Limpopo this season.

Molekwa has since pleaded for the players' support and commitment in order to keep the club's top-eight ambitions this season alive.

"I told the players that we don't know the reason why the coach left. The situation is beyond our control. We have job to do," he said.

"As players, their job is to play football, that's what they're hired for. They have contracts, they must focus. I told them it's not going to be easy, the only thing we need is unity, to work together and to pull in the same direction. Nothing is impossible as long as we work together," he added.

Meanwhile, Molekwa says he was happy with the point that his club gained against Sundowns in Pretoria yesterday, adding: "For us, it's a big point. It's like three points because Sundowns are African champions.

"No one gave us a chance but I told my players when we prepared for this game that it's 11 vs 11 on the field of play. Yes, they have names but they don't play," he said.