Igesund targets top eight finish with Highlands Park

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Goal spoke to the Lions of the North coach about their chances of surviving relegation

Highlands Park coach Gordon Igesund is happy that the players he brought in during the January Transfer Window like Siyabonga Nhlapho have helped them gain some results of late.

“The problem I had in the beginning was that I couldn’t get players I wanted because the window wasn’t open. But since I brought in the players I wanted, they have done very well. They have kept some clean sheets,” Igesund told Goal.

The Lions of the North were rock bottom prior to his arrival and though, the Tembisa side are still in danger as they are a point ahead of 15th-placed Free State Stars and five ahead of 16th-placed Baroka FC.

“We were leaking goals in the first round, I think we conceded 30 goals in 15 matches. If you look in the last two games, we kept clean sheets which is obviously, very good and we are scoring goals.

“So, as I say we will keep fighting. We know what we have to do, we know where we are, we know what we want to achieve and our target now is to make sure we separate ourselves from the bottom-two,” Igesund said.

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The former Bafana Bafana coach admits that they would like to stretch their lead further away from the bottom contingent, thereafter they will look to challenge for a top eight place.

“We are five points clear of the drop zone now, we want to make it eight or ten points clear. Once we get away from there we will try and focus on other things,” Igesund added.

“The guys are full of confidence, working very hard and we have the confidence of trying to challenge for a top eight place, but we also know that we have a tough task ahead of us,” Igesund further concluded.

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