Ndi­raya grabs Oc­to­ber ac­co­lade

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Grace Chin­goma

be NGEZI Plat­inum coach, Ton­derai Ndi­raya, has been named Coach of the Month for Oc­to­ber for the third time this sea­son ahead of his club’s make-or­break show­down against Chicken Inn at Baobab this af­ter­noon. Ndi­raya was pre­vi­ously se­lected as the top coach for May and July. He re­ceived a ma­jor boost yes­ter­day when his skip­per Pat­son Jaure made full re­cov­ery af­ter miss­ing the last three league en­coun­ters with a fin­ger in­jury. The for­mer Dy­namos de­fender is in the start­ing line-up this af­ter­noon. Also back in the fold is the team’s lead­ing goalscorer with nine goals, Terrence Dzuka­manja, who has also re­cov­ered af­ter miss­ing the Bantu Rovers match with a shoul­der in­jury. The team will, how­ever, miss the in­flu­en­tial Tichaona Mab­vura due to fam­ily be­reave­ment. The for­mer Dy­namos mid­fielder lost his fa­ther who was buried yes­ter­day. Mab­vura has been one of the lead­ing lights in Ngezi’s cam­paign this year, scor­ing eight goals and pro­vid­ing 15 as­sists for his team­mates. Ndi­raya’s mes­sage to his troops yes­ter­day was a sim­ple one. “The mes­sage has been blunt, we want to win the league and we have to win all our matches,” he said. “That is what is re­quired. We have the ti­tle in our hands. Win the three games and we go for it. We have to pull the bull by its horns.”How­ever, the coach con­cedes the next two matches, in­clud­ing the one against Chicken Inn, will pro­vide a true test of their char­ac­ter.

Ndi­raya’s men will also meet FC Plat­inum in a block­buster bat­tle at Man­dava on Satur­day.

“I think the break re­ally helped us to re-en­er­gise and had a lot of time to work on our game plan for the com­ing two matches,” said Ndi­raya.

“The most im­por­tant match is to­mor­row’s game first and I can safely say that we are pre­pared. I hope we will get a re­sult that will keep us in strong con­tention.

“It is a spe­cial game for us, even Satur­day’s game, so we are pre­par­ing with the two games in mind.

“Play­ing two big games, in­side seven days, is not a mean task but we are pre­pared. But there are no ex­cuses. You just have to win your games, this is what we have been plan­ning to do and it is not go­ing to be easy.

“Chicken Inn have the strong­est squad in the league with play­ers who know what is needed at this stage.”

Ngezi Plat­inum are not leav­ing any­thing to chance in their bid to win the league ti­tle in their sec­ond year in the Pre­mier­ship and be­fore the league break.

Ndi­raya and his tech­ni­cal team were in Bulawayo on Fri­day two weeks ago to watch the Game­cocks in ac­tion against Tsholot­sho be­fore driv­ing on the fol­low­ing day to Man­dava to watch Nor­man Mapeza’s team clash against ZPC Kariba.

The coaches then headed back to Bulawayo where they were joined by the play­ers for a Sun­day date against Bantu Rovers which they won 1-0.

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