Papic: More to come from Eagles

Despite their blistering form of late, Royal Eagles coach Kosta Papic believes his side has not yet reached it’s full potential.

After claiming just a point from their opening two fixtures, the Durban club have won five, drawn two and lost one of their last eight NFD matches to move to third on the table.

It’s their goal-scoring record which has really caught the eye – on two occasions they’ve put six goals past a single opponent, and they have twice hit the net four times in a game this season.

In their 10 games in total, Eagles are the highest scoring team with 26 goals, but have also conceded 13.

Papic, who also coached at Orlando Pirates, Maritzburg United, Polokwane City and Black Leopards, is renowned for the attacking brand of football his teams play.

But the Serb says he also tries to get his players to focus on their defensive duties and while generally satisfied with the start the KZN side have made to the season, he feels they could still do better.

“We are looking like that, what you said, always attack, always trying to score more goals. Yes, we do work on that (attacking), no doubt about it. But at the same time, you must think about your defence.

“So far the team is not looking bad, but there are a lot of things that need to be improved. So far we have been coping, the results that are coming, I must be happy. But I still believe we have more things to show than what we have shown so far,” he said.

Sedwyn George (nine goals) and Raymond Monama (eight goals) have played a major role in Eagles’ success so far this season. With Siyanda Ngubo also a potentially potent force up front, and players like Ace Bhengu and Masibusane Zongo waiting in the wings, Eagles have some serious firepower.

Papic though would not be drawn into elaborating on individuals, but did say he was happy with the efforts that the former top flight players in his squad were giving.

“We are not thinking about who is giving us what individually. I don’t like to talk about individual players. But they are really trying, it’s not easy to play in the NFD, especially those who played in the PSL, it’s not easy at all.

“But life is like that, you never know what’s going to happen in your future. You must be ready to prepare yourself to sacrifice, for you and for your family. You know what you want to achieve, you must prepare yourself , please do that for everybody. If they understand that philosophy then it’s must easier for us as a club to achieve our goals.”