Ikapa set their sights lower this season

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Despite all the major signings of Cape Town-born players with top flight experience at the beginning of the season, laced with an encouraging start to the campaign, Ikapa have fallen back to mid-table.

The Cape Town-based side currently has 16 points from 13 games and are much closer to the threat of relegation than a chance to make the play-offs.

“We will be fooling ourselves to think that we can reach the play-offs from the position that we are in now. For the remainder of this season we just need to hang in there and retain our status so that come next season we can fight for a top spot to enable us promotion.

“We have always had a two-year plan to achieve our goal of promotion. At the beginning of the season we told ourselves that if it is possible to gain promotion this year then it would fine.”

Dos Santos says their major undoing has been their strike force which has been plagued by injuries throughout the season.

“Every game that we have played, we have dominated but we just couldn’t finish off opponents because our strikers have always been struggling with injuries. We have only played with one man upfront as I have never had an opportunity to use two strikers in our attack.

“The only game where the opponents really outclassed us was when we lost 2-0 to Durban Stars away,” claims Dos Santos.

“Shaun Permall sat on the bench at the weekend for the first time this season which is at least encouraging because he hasn’t really fully recovered despite being stronger,” he says.

Dos Santos refuses to say much about the progress of midfielder Regan Noble who is on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns.

“He is still part of the squad and I will only make a fair judgment on him at the end of the season.”

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