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SA SOCCER NEWS
Gods Have Much To Think About 23/12/03
Hellenic go into the Christmas break buoyed by their first victory of the season but also mindful of the enormous effort ahead of them if they are to stave off relegation.

Last weekend the Greek Gods defeated Sundowns 1-0 at the Athlone Stadium and club captain Joas Magolego believes the players will have much to mull over during the festive period.

"This Christmas holiday I will be with my family and I won't think much about soccer, said Magolego.

If we did not win the game against Sundowns it was going to be a different story. I think the management will give the players more time before they decided on anything.

Personally I think the players will have enough time to think about what they did not do right. And I think that when we come back in the New Year we will be a much better team."

Things have gone from bad to worse this season for the Landsdowne-based team.

First the club hired acclaimed coach Clemens Westerhof, the Dutchman famous for guiding Nigeria to the last 16 of the 1994 World Cup.

However things did not work out as the teams dismal form soon put pressure on the clubs owners to sell the franchise.

Neil Tovey was brought in as coach to try and steady the ship but their appeared to be little improvement until the win over Sundowns.

With all the uncertainty surrounding the club the players have been under tremendous pressure, something acknowledged by Magolego.
 
"The players have been under so much pressure the whole year, he said. The owners wanted the team to win games and the coach wanted to win as well.

Players had to deliver for the coach, for the owners, for the team and above all we had to do it for us. We did not do all what was expected of us as players. We failed to win, we failed every one.

"This Christmas holiday will make the players see that they have to do their job because it is not them only who depend on Hellenic, their whole family depend on Hellenic and I hope that they will be motivated to win as many games as possible, added the former Sundowns player.

Last year it was different because we were only fighting to stay in the top league but this year things are not the same. If we don't pull our socks the club may be sold."

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