Bor­der Strik­ers take vic­tory bub­ble to Ru­faro

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Te­dious Manyepo

BOR­DER Strik­ers coach Never Malunga has ac­knowl­edged that his team raised their own bar by beat­ing Harare soc­cer gi­ants Dy­namos 2-1 at Dulibadz­imu last Sun­day as they now feel much pres­sured to show the same char­ac­ter in the re­main­der of the Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier­ship sea­son as they bid to sur­vive the chop.

The Pre­mier­ship log an­chors took full ad­van­tage of the for­mer cham­pi­ons’ cur­rent lapse in form to record only their third vic­tory of the sea­son in a cam­paign they have gar­nered a measly 10 points in 18 matches.

On Sun­day against Dy­namos, Clever Ma­ten­dure and Wil­liam Ny­oni scored for the Beit­bridge-based team while Masimba Mam­bare pro­vided a con­so­la­tion for the for­mer cham­pi­ons be­fore a packed Dulibadz­imu.

Nat­u­rally beat­ing a fan­cied club like DeMbare would be a con­fi­dence booster es­pe­cially when a team is in­volved in a des­per­ate fight to stay afloat in the top-flight but for Malunga it is ac­tu­ally the other way round.

The youth­ful gaffer, who took the but­ton stick from Saul Chaminuka some two months ago, be­lieves his team is now un­der pres­sure to show the world that they are worth their salt af­ter beat­ing the Glam­our Boys.

“I am not tak­ing our vic­tory over Dy­namos as a con­fi­dence-booster.

“By merely record­ing a big win like that we have put our­selves un­der pres­sure as we now feel like obliged to show that the vic­tory was no fluke.

“We have to play our souls out to main­tain the stan­dards which we have set. And that is dan­ger­ous as it puts us un­der pres­sure but we love the pres­sure though,” he said.

“Vavheneki” take on Harare City on Satur­day at Ru­faro in a game Malunga has since de­scribed as a must-win.

Bor­der Strik­ers won the re­verse fix­ture 1-0 at Dulibadz­imu and Malunga is con­fi­dent his team will pick the max­i­mum points to boost their sur­vival chances.

“We are un­der a lot of pres­sure to de­liver the goods, es­pe­cially com­ing from the win against Dy­namos.

“The game against Harare City is crit­i­cal and we have to win it at all costs to widen our sur­vival hopes.

“We beat them the last time at home but this is a new game at a dif­fer­ent and dif­fi­cult venue but we hope to pick it up from where we left,” he said.

e base­ment team lost over seven of their core play­ers like de­fender Peter Mu­zondo, Tendai Mukambi and Adrian Banana dur­ing the Pre­mier­ship’s mid-sea­son break due to fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties the club is mired in.

They have re­acted by bring­ing in striker Mu­ten­dure from ZRP Beit­bridge, Shin­gi­rai Nhopi from FC Plat­inum and Farai Mususunye who was play­ing am­a­teur foot­ball in South Africa.

“We have been play­ing the wrong formation us­ing the wrong play­ers.

“I think we have now struck the right chords and will be hop­ing to play in the top-flight next sea­son.

“We have the hunger to play now than be­fore and if we con­tinue on that trend I think we will def­i­nitely sur­vive the chop,” said Malunga.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.