Ak­bay ready for 2nd half

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ray­mond Jar­avaza

HIGH­LANDERS coach Erol Ak­bay is un­der no il­lu­sion that tac­tics he em­ployed in the first half of the sea­son will take Bosso to the ti­tle, but has a plan to out­smart his op­po­nents in the sec­ond half of the 2016 sea­son.

Bosso travel to Harare for a tricky date with ti­tle con­tenders Caps United at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium on Sun­day and Ak­bay has boldly de­clared that his charges are ready for the en­counter.

The Dutch­man said he would change his tac­ti­cal ap­proach, as he was aware that his op­po­nents had now grasped his game plan.

“Our op­po­nents now have an idea of how we play; they have been study­ing our tac­tics so ob­vi­ously I’m also go­ing to change our tech­ni­cal ap­proach go­ing into the sec­ond half of the sea­son,” said Ak­bay.

“The prob­lem with a team like ours with a lot of young play­ers is that they some­times tend to play very well in the first hour and then some­how lose con­cen­tra­tion in the last 30 min­utes, but we will work on that,” he said.

Asked if fa­tigue was creep­ing into his side con­sid­er­ing that Bosso have not rested dur­ing the mid­sea­son break as they played in the ZNA Char­i­ties Cup and a catch-up Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier­ship game while other teams were on re­cess, Ak­bay said he was in­stead wor­ried about how the play­ers would han­dle pres­sure in the clos­ing stages of the sea­son. High­landers beat Harare City FC 4-2 on penal­ties in the ZNA Char­i­ties Cup fi­nal last Sun­day and then drew 0-0 with Tri­an­gle United in a league match three days later. Both matches were played at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium. “I’m more wor­ried about fa­tigue around Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber when we ap­proach the last stages of the sea­son, so we’ll have to change our train­ing pro­gramme and in­tro­duce light train­ing ses­sions cou­pled with high tempo ses­sions. The ad­van­tage we have is that our young play­ers are ea­ger to im­press and play in ev­ery match,” Ak­bay said. Third choice goal­keeper Pros­per Matutu left a last­ing im­pres­sion in the cup fi­nal with a fine per­for­mance in which he saved two spot kicks in the shootout, but Bosso’s goal keep­ers’ coach Cos­mas Zulu said the young­ster was only handed his de­but as part of prepa­ra­tions for life af­ter vet­eran goalie Njab­ulo Ny­oni, who is sec­ond choice to Arial Sibanda. Zulu said Matutu needs an­other two years to com­mand a reg­u­lar jersey. “We can’t say Pros­per is ready to take over from Popo (Ny­oni). We in­tro­duced the boy in the ZNA fi­nal to test how he re­sponds to big matches, but he still has a lot to learn. He needs about two to three years be­fore he can com­mand a reg­u­lar place in the first 11,” Zulu said.

Erol Ak­bay

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