Polokwane City head coach Clinton Larsen remains hopefully that his players will be stronger mentally if they are to survive the current challenge.
Rise and Shine were knocked out of the Nedbank Cup in the last 32 round after a 1-0 defeat to neighbours Baroka at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday night.
Larsen says the Absa Premiership bottom side need to realise that no one will give them freebies in the game of football.
“They have to be strong mentally you know this game is for men we can’t treat them like babies they know what we need to do, it’s simple; work harder at training, because nobody is going to give you freebies and the harder you work the more lucky you become,” Larsen emphasised.
“That’s part of the coaches’ jobs to try that; number one the players are enjoying what they are doing which they are and secondly is to be mentally strong to overcome this hurdle of not scoring when we are creating so many chances,” he added.
City will now shift their focus to their Absa Premiership relegation battle when they face Cape Town City at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
By Ofhani Munyai