Tigers set to pounce on Buf­falo

Daily Dispatch - - Sport - By MFUNDO PILISO

FU­TURE Tigers will be go­ing all out to get the win when they lock horns against FC Buf­falo in their ABC Mot­sepe league match at the Gins­berg Field near King Wil­liam’s Town this af­ter­noon.

They will be look­ing to bounce back af­ter be­ing knocked out of the Ned­bank Cup last week­end by Matta Mi­lan, with coach Asanda Mvalo ad­mit­ting that be­ing out the Cup race would af­ford him more time to con­cen­trate on reach­ing the team's goals in the League.

Although he ad­mit­ted he was not happy they were out­played in the pre­lim­i­nary round of the tour­na­ment, ex­plain­ing he still wanted to play more so the team could gain more con­fi­dence.

“I'm not de­mo­ti­vated even though we had plans to go far in the tour­na­ment be­cause we have to move and pick our­selves up in the league,” said Mvalo.

FC Buf­falo were last sea­son's un­der­dogs af­ter they fin­ished on 28 points and 13th on the log while Tigers were the run­ners-up with 72 points, trail­ing win­ners EC Bees by just two points.

“So far in the league we've played two games, won one and lost one, so we are on three points and so far I'm happy with the per­for­mance from the boys,” claimed Mvalo.

“Be­cause dur­ing our last game against Spear in Bizana we scored three goals, but two of them were de­nied by the of­fi­cials who said my play­ers were off­side.

“My boys are do­ing re­ally well for me and there's not much to fix, the prob­lem that we have is the lack of a nat­u­ral striker. But lucky for us the team's man­age­ment is work­ing on that.

“If I could get that nat­u­ral striker into the team we would do won­ders but it’s not like I'm scared or wor­ried or any­thing like that. We just build­ing the team and mould­ing it to be­come what we want.”

Mthatha City's di­rec­tor of foot­ball Nkush Mal­gas said they play­ing a team that was at the sum­mit and the de­ter­mi­na­tion they [Tigers] dis­played dur­ing their pre-sea­son prepa­ra­tions were show­ing their de­sire to be win­ners.

“If you've been study­ing the log closely on week one it was PE Stars on goal dif­fer­ence, in week two it was us then now on week three it's Tor­nado and that tells you how se­ri­ous they are to be cham­pi­ons.”

Mal­gas said at least they were not fac­ing a team that's a closed book.

“We are do­ing a lot of op­po­si­tion anal­y­sis and so far they're a side that is very dif­fi­cult to score against. They've also man­aged to get more points away from home and our game with them comes just af­ter another away game where they man­aged a 1-0 win against Pondo Chiefs and that shows you how men­tally strong side they are.

“Don't be fooled by their [Tigers] Ned­bank Cup exit at the hands of EC Bees two weeks ago. Mal­gas said his charges were ready for to­day's game with a clean bill of health.

“We are half­way within our first league cy­cle. The coaches have been work­ing very hard, try­ing to come up with ways of how to ap­proach the game.”

Another ex­cit­ing match to­day will see Try Again trav­el­ling to the Gel­van­dale Sta­dium in Port El­iz­a­beth to take on Sibanye.

Try Again chair­man Du­misani “Fire­man” Busika said with all the chal­lenges the new­com­ers were faced with in the third-tier league they would not lose fo­cus.

“We want to make sure that we don’t con­cede so we can try and steal points be­cause we want to do well in our first sea­son so that we can so­lid­ify our po­si­tion in the league,” said Busika.

“The team is faced with a lot of strug­gles but for­tu­nately for us the Amahlathi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has been our backup sys­tem from the word go.

“We rely on our mu­nic­i­pal­ity when it comes to trans­port and cater­ing and go­ing to away matches and with the kind of sup­port we get from them – fight­ing for our ul­ti­mate goal of get­ting pro­moted to the Na­tional First Di­vi­sion will be pos­si­ble.”

Other fix­tures over the week­end are: Mthatha City v Tor­nado at Mthatha Sta­dium; Matta Mi­lan v But­ter­worth FC at Ngum­bela Sta­dium, But­ter­worth; Spears v PE Stars at Mqeshwa Sports Fields in Bizana; Lion City v City Lads NU2 Sta­dium in Mother­well in Port El­iz­a­beth; High­bury v EC Bees at NMMU 2nd Av­enue in Port El­iz­a­beth; Fu­ture Tigers v FC Buf­falo at Gins­berg Field.

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