He has introduced the same philosophy at National First Division campaigners, Royal Eagles who are among the teams who play attractive yet aggressive football in the division.
But inasmuch as this has made Papic popular with fans, it can sometimes derail his team’s progress, as Royal Eagles striker, Siyanda Ngubo revealed to Phakaaathi on Monday.
While the football that Eagles play is consistent, their goal scoring has been a worrying factor – one match they score six, the next they struggle to find the back of the net.
Ngubo – who has scored three goals so far – attributed this to opponents who just ‘park the bus’ and try to frustrate them.
“Most teams know that we are a team that likes playing good football and they came and scored one goal and parked bus. That frustrated us a lot,” said Ngubo.
On Saturday, Eagles went on a rampage and beat the division’s new boys, Magesi FC 6-1 with Ngubo and Raymond Monama scoring a goal each while Selwyn George scored four. Kenneth Leisa scored Magesi’s only goal.
“We always aim to get as many goals as possible. We wanted to make sure we score first. They pressured us in the first few minutes but we gradually overpowered them and as soon as we started scoring, they tumbled,” said Ngubo of Saturday’s match.
He said they will continue playing their normal attacking football even if their opponents “park the bus”.
“We will continue playing our game, they cannot defend for 90 minutes without cracking. We just have to make sure that we don’t concede.”
He said Papic has told them not to put too much mind into the log for now as it is still early days. Eagles are fourth with 11 points in seven games, six points behind leaders, Thanda Royal Zulu.
“The coach has told that we must not look at the log yet. We just want to ensure that we are not too far behind the leaders going into the mid-season break so we can be able to spring a surprise and jump to the top in the second round of the league,” he said.
Magesi have meanwhile found the going really tough in the National First Division and are still bottom of the log with just four points after seven games.
Santos 0-0 Thanda Royal Zulu
Black leopards 3-2 FC Cape Town
Royal Eagles 6-1 Magesi FC
Mthatha Bucks 2-1 Mbombela United
University of Pretoria 0-2 Witbank Spurs
Jomo Cosmos 0-0 Cape Town All Stars
AmaZulu 0-1 Stellenbosch FC
Milano United 0-0 Real Kings