8 November 2012

Rwanda: La Jeunesse Not Getting Carried Away By Strong League Start

La Jeunesse Coach Godfrey Okoko insists they cannot judge the success of their start to the 2012/13 Primus League campaign until 13 games in.

The youthful side, who are accustomed to mid-table positions, find themselves in fourth spot after a run of four wins, three draws and a solitary defeat in their opening eight fixtures.

However, the former Mukura tactician insists his side has achieved nothing yet and must continue working to stay ahead of their rivals.

"We are not there yet. After 13 games, we can say how well we have done," he said after Wednesday's 2-1 victory over Isonga at Kigali Regional Stadium.

"At the moment we are still working towards a good start so we must wait and see. It's a good feeling for the guys.

"We have been working really hard and it's important to get the points to make sure we break away from the other teams below us. But there's still a long way to go."

On Wednesday, Idesbard Nshuti put La Jeunesse ahead only for Shadadi Nsengayire to equalise. But La Jeunesse still had the last laugh as Andre Lomami converted a late spot kick to guide the side to their fourth win of the season while also leapfrogging APR and Musanze in the process.

Reacting to talk of finishing in the top six, Okoko said; "Finishing in the top five or top six is something we have to push ourselves to deliver. We have to push the bar that bit higher."

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