Gordon Igesund says his Highlands Park charges need to display more belief


The Lions of the North, who won two of their last three matches prior to the Arrows game, are 14th on the standings with 20 points from 22 matches with eight games left.

After Baroka FC upset title contenders SuperSport United, Highlands have a battle on their hands as they contend with Bakgaga and Bloemfontein Celtic to stay up in the top division.

Former Moroka Swallows coach Igesund says the belief in his team is in short supply at the moment but they are capable of ending in the top eight in their debut season if they start to believe in themselves.

"I'm not looking to save relegation but I'm trying to fight in getting in the top eight places and I think we capable of doing that," Igesund told reporters after the game.

"The gap between the teams, if you look at the team sitting in ninth position is just three points away and still eight games to go. So I'm trying to get my players to start believing in finishing in the top eight rather than save relegation.

"I think relegation is a reality for eight teams and there are seven or eight teams in there that can fight this relegation battle. But mentally I want them to start thinking bigger than that, thinking about finishing in the top eight because I think they're capable of doing that if they start believing in themselves.

"As I said, from nine downwards they are thinking the same thing as us to try and get 30 points as quickly as they can and we are no different to that."

Highlands will battle with Ajax Cape Town next week Wednesday at Cape Town Stadium, and a win there will see them leapfrog Stanley Menzo's side.