‘High­landers need a striker’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ray­mond Jar­avaza

HIGH­LANDERS need a good striker to com­ple­ment young Prince Dube if the team is to se­ri­ously com­pete for hon­ours in the 2017 Pre­mier Soccer League.

Coach Erol Ak­bay reck­ons ex­pect­ing Dube to score in ev­ery match piles un­nec­es­sary pres­sure on the young­ster, as he still needs at least an­other sea­son to turn into a com­plete and lethal striker.

“Leav­ing out Prince from the team be­cause he has gone for two or three matches with­out scor­ing will only have a nega­tive im­pact on his con­fi­dence, so we need an­other good striker to com­ple­ment him. He is still a young player who is hun­gry for goals; he wants to play in ev­ery match, but he needs an­other sea­son to be a very good striker,” said Ak­bay.

Asked if he would bring in new play­ers for next sea­son, Ak­bay said he would beef up the team with a cou­ple of play­ers, but is also cog­nisant of the club’s fi­nan­cial con­straints.

“Like any other coach, I would want to bring in a few more good play­ers, but we all know the club does not have the money to buy new play­ers,” he said.

High­landers will take ad­van­tage of the league break due to the War­riors’ friendly match against Zam­bia as well as the Chibuku Su­per Cup fi­nal be­tween Ngezi Plat­inum Stars and FC Plat­inum to give their play­ers some time off.

Ngezi Plat­inum meet FC Plat­inum at Baobab Sta­dium in Mhon­doro to­mor­row, while the in­ter­na­tional friendly will be played at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium in Harare on the same day.

“We have played ev­ery week since the be­gin­ning of the sea­son, so we will use the break to rest the play­ers ahead of the FC Plat­inum (league) match. It’s im­por­tant for us to win the two re­main­ing matches and see what hap­pens with CAPS United.”

Bosso travel to Man­dava Sta­dium in Zvisha­vane in Week 29 of the Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier Soccer League be­fore wrap­ping up the sea­son with a home tie against Hwange at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium.

Prince Dube

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