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Sun Apr 20 15:38:26 SAST 2014

Neeskens won't accept blame

TEAMtalk Media | 04 September, 2012 11:270 Comments
Johan Neeskens of Sundowns reacts during the PSL match between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns at Soccer City on August 22, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Image by: Duif du Toit / Gallo Images

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens says he has no intention of stepping down, and has called on his players to accept responsibility for their shaky start to the season.

The Brazilians have looked well off the pace this term and find themselves down in 11th in the standings after claiming just three points from their opening three PSL matches.

The Tshwane giants also saw their MTN8 run come to an end at the semi-finals after losing 6-5 on aggregate to Moroka Swallows.

Neeskens, though, says he is not ready to throw in the towel, and hinted the squad needs to take responsibility for their performances.

"I don't quit because I'm not a quitter," the Dutchman told Supersport.

"Everybody can be upset when they are not playing but the players who are starting should also stand up because I have given them my confidence to start a match."

On the club's official website Neeskens added: "As coaches, we can prepare the team as much as possible before a game but the moment the players step onto the field of play, they also have to take some responsibility as well

"In our last game I saw a lot of players in the team not going in with the necessary confidence. Maybe it's because of the bad results of late, but we still need to show the commitment.

"I don't expect the players to play brilliantly all of a sudden - that's not what I ask but, all I want is the commitment, the desire as an individual and also as a team."

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