Heric: Long road ahead of us

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Black Leopards coach Vladislav Heric said despite their victory over SuperSport United, there is a long road that needs to be travelled before they can ensure their safety in the Absa Premiership.

Leopards beat SuperSport 1-0 at the Giyani Stadium.

“I would say this was a 50-50 game. We had our chances and so did they, but I tell you, this team (SuperSport) is very strong. They have good players; they have the technical ability and the strategy as well.

“They are well trained, a good team that should be beating everyone in this league,” the Serb said of the three-time league champs.

Leopards’ captain got the winner in the 88th minute which moved the hosts to 15th place with 14 points, two more points than bottom side Jomo Cosmos. Heric though is not getting carried away by this result, only their third win this season.

“We have a long way to go and there are 10 or 11 games still to go. Let’s just keep our heads down and focus on the next game,” the former Bay United coach said.

Santos and Platinum Stars are tied on 16 points each and the Limpopo side gets to face them in the next two weeks.

The Serbian is not reading too much in to their fixtures against sides that are not safe from the relegation quagmire.

“One game at a time. These fixtures were done a long time ago and we just have to prepare for these teams. I’m working on my team, on our players, we know what is at stake and we will fight for that. Against SuperSport we showed fighting spirit, we want to stay here.”

Another twist of fixture fate for Lidoda Duvha is that they face Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup on March 31 and then face the AmaKhosi four days later in the Premiership.