Ngezi in three-ling response

Don Makanyanga
Ngezi Platinum…………….(1) 3
Highlanders…………………(0) 0

TONDERAI NDIRAYA got the reaction he demanded from his charges going into this clash against Highlanders at the Baobab yesterday.

Ngezi Platinum Stars went into the match on the back of a 0-3 mauling at the hands of Castle Lager Premier Soccer League defending champions Caps United. And Ndiraya had challenged his charges to prove how much they wanted to win this year’s league title.

A brace from Tichaona Mabvura and another goal from Terrence Dzukamanja dismantled a Highlanders outfit that has been in a shambles ever since coach Erol Akbay announced that he would be leaving at the end of the season.

It was Ngezi’s first win over Bosso. “We are a small fish in a big pond and it’s difficult as well as frightening to be in this position,” he said. “Our target has been a top-four finish but who knows we may revise our targets for the season. “We played a good Highlanders team and the win gives us confidence as the season progresses.

“The win is also very important to us especially coming from that painful defeat last week.” Once again the Bosso fans called for Akbay’s head but the Dutchman placed the blame on his players.

“I am still loyal to the club,” he insisted. “We were playing some good football but the strikers failed us. “Our target is not about a position but we are now focusing on winning our games.

“I will do my best until my contract ends on December 31.”

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