No­toane warns his San­tos for­wards to find the net, or else they’ll be spec­ta­tors

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - MIKE DE BRUYN

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.”

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