Nodada full of praise for the ‘humorous’ Olde Riekerink

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Thabo Nodada has paid a special tribute to his coach Jan Olde Riekerink, who came into a ‘bruised’ Cape Town City side following the departure of Benni McCarthy.

City went through a bit of a rough patch but got a positive result when they beat Bloemfontein Celtic 2-0 at Athlone Stadium to ease their Absa Premiership relegation fears before the suspension of football matches indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nodada credits the Dutchman for keeping a cool head under immense pressure.

“He is coming into a team that is bruised, he came into a team that had lost a coach that had an understanding, the belief and trust with 90 to 100% of his players and losing a coach like that is obviously going to have certain disadvantages to the team and our results showed that,” said Nodada in an online press conference with the South African Football Journalists Association (Safja).

“But I think he came in and he was a breath of air, and all that we were going through man he was always available to talk, and tell jokes,” – Nodada. Picture: Cape Town City.

“The jokes were just interesting you know humour that you don’t normally get from someone who is in a position of fire.

“He kept a cool head and didn’t try to tweak a lot of the things that we were already doing. I think he understood that at the time he arrived we were already active there is no preseason,” added Nodada.

The City midfielder says despite Olde Riekerink taking over from McCarthy in the middle of the season, they still had time to restart from scratch and come up with different tactics.

“He came in with a full understanding that he’s going to have to make some tweaks to what we already have,” – Nodada. Picture Cape Town City.

“And he’s going to have to try as quickly as possible to develop relationships with players and get players on his side and working for him.

“I think if you look at how we came back from December and how we started January, I think that was a team that was much different from the team that was there a couple of games after Benni (McCarthy) left.

“So, yeah, I think he’s been doing a great job so far, and the results were different I think we would be speaking something different,” concluded Nodada.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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