Both United and Bush Bucks badly need points

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Yakha United aim to use their up­com­ing ABC Mostepe league fix­ture against Bush Bucks Academy to bounce back from three con­sec­u­tive losses.

United will host Bucks Academy at the Mount Ayliff Sta­dium on Sat­ur­day and United coach, Phikolomzi No­qazo told the Dis­patch they needed to col­lect max­i­mum points against the third-tier league new­com­ers who ac­quired EC Bees league sta­tus at the start of the 2018-19 sea­son.

Af­ter start­ing the sea­son on high – win­ning their first three league games and one draw, United have since dropped to 7th po­si­tion on the log-stand­ings with 10 points.

The new boys on the block, Bucks Academy, have re­mained rooted in the rel­e­ga­tion zone at 14th with only five points af­ter win­ning one game and two draws.

“We need to win this game con­sid­er­ing the fact that we’ve been los­ing against some of the com­pet­i­tive teams in the league.

“So now we are play­ing at home against a strug­gling Bush Bucks, and they need the points as well. Then again, we need to re­deem our­selves,” said No­qazo.

He said their away 1-nil loss to Sibanye last week­end could have been avoided but he’s seen improve­ment in the team struc­tures dur­ing the train­ing ses­sions this past week.

“Our de­fence lost con­cen­tra­tion against Sibanye, but we de­fend as a team mean­ing the whole team failed be­cause that goal came in the dy­ing min­utes of the game.

“We couldn’t score and I ad­mit that scor­ing goals has been a chal­lenge for us.

“With this game we can’t be com­pla­cent and think Bush Bucks is made up of young boys, be­cause they can hurt you if you are care­less.

“We need to bounce back strongly with a win, es­pe­cially since we are play­ing at home.”

No­qazo ex­pects an ag­ile Bucks Academy to come out all guns blaz­ing but he also wants to stop con­ced­ing soft goals.

“Bucks Academy might have young play­ers but they are a team that scores goals. When they lose, you’ll find that they did not score goals, so we should de­fend as a unit.”

Other fix­tures: But­ter­worth v Matta Mi­lan (WSU, Ibika Cam­pus, But­ter­worth), The Guys v Sibanye (Mpeshwa Sports Fields, Bizana) PE Stars v High­bury (NMU 2nd Av­enue, PE), Tor­nado v Amavarara (North End Sta­dium, EL), (Mthatha Bucks v Swartkops Val­ley United Broth­ers (Mthatha Sta­dium, Mthatha), Peace Mak­ers v Birm­ing­ham City (Wolf­sons Sta­dium, PE).

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