MANNHEIM – (bore). Did the international break make the SV Waldhof Mannheim football third division good? We will get the answer after the home game of the current sixth on Saturday, 2 pm, against FC Ingolstadt.
With 22 points, Waldhöfer played a decent round and was even able to beat the front three. The one who is not yet pleased with striker Kevin Koffi. The 33-year-old from Ivory Coast switched from SV Elversberg Regional League to Mannheim in the summer. In Saarland, Koffi was a remarkable winner. Thanks to the Regionalligatorjäger, he came to Waldhöfern. But Koffi has so far been unable to live up to expectations. Although he scored eight goals in the Mannheim Cup, Ivorer is still waiting in the league for his first sense of achievement.
"The international break was incredibly important to recharge both physical and mental batteries," Koffi says before Saturday's home game against Ingolstadt. It feels good in the Waldhof: "The team has accepted me from day one and I'm really happy to be a part of this family."
On Saturday he would love to finally meet. "I expect an absolute top game against Ingolstadt. Not only because of the situation on the table, but also because they are a team that really wants to rise. They will therefore demand everything from us and we must stand for it with dedication and passion," Koffi emphasizes.
At this point, it seems like coach Bernhard Trares Koffi is taking another chance on the attack. Waldhöfer passed the lactate test once more during the week. In addition, during the international break, there was a test match against second-team SV Wehen-Wiesbaden, which ended with a score of 2: 2.
Who scored the equalizer goal for Mannheim in this match? Kevin Koffi. But now he has to catch fire in third-league competitive games.
FC Ingolstadt is a real top team. The Audi City residents have not lost their last eight games and have now advanced to second place. Team coach Jeff Saibene, nicknamed "The Schanzer," comes in as a favorite at Carl Benz Stadium.