Notoane warns his Santos forwards to find the net, or else they’ll be spectators
VASCO DA GAMA take on African Warriors in a National First Division clash at Parow Park today, seeking an unprecedented fourth straight win in the league.
The Cape side should get the job done as the side they face has slipped from being a title contender to also-rans. Warriors at one stage were at the top end of the 16-team standings, but have since dropped into the bottom five. Vasco, who could manage only one win in their opening five games, are now on an upward curve after three wins in nine days.
Vasco’s coach Keenin Lesch will be reminding his players to remain focused on the game ahead and not on past deeds.
“We must be humble with what we’ve managed to achieve over the past couple of weeks and not be cock-a-hoop. We just have to go back in time to what happened to us when we hosted Black Leopards. On that day on our home patch we came into the game maybe a little bit too relaxed because the side we were about to take on hadn’t won a game. We paid the price: we got beat up pretty badly 4-1,” said Lesch.
“Fortunately, since then, the boys have met their obligations and reaped the rewards. They were under pressure to do so and they obliged by playing good, solid football.”
In other NFD matches involving Cape teams today, top-placed Milano are away to seventh-placed Black Leopards at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, while third-placed Santos welcome fifth-placed Witbank Spurs to the Athlone Stadium. Tomorrow sees thirdbottom FC Cape up against 12th placed hosts and league newcomers Maluti FET College at the Charles Mopeli Stadium.
For Milano there is the chance to possibly extend their five-point lead over their nearest threats, Chippa and Santos who are in second and third place, respectively.
No doubt Milano, who have won more games than any other side in the top two leagues in the country, will want to stay on track to win the league title and secure automatic promotion to the PSL.
Meanwhile, Santos coach David Notoane has urged his strike-force to show more composure in front of goal, after a lean run for the men tasked with scoring.
“Professionalism springs to mind,” he said in reference to his sharpshooters’ lacklustre efforts in the score zone.
“I’ve had just about enough of seeing our side squander chance after chance. The men charged with putting the ball into the back of the net had better start finding the their mark before they become my target. One can only give a player so many chances before fielding them as spectators.”