Ngezi Platinum FC head coach, Tonderai Ndiraya says his charges still have their eyes on the big prize, the Premier Soccer League Trophy despite the club trailing log leaders Dynamos by three points with seven fixtures remaining.
By Tongai Mwenje
Speaking during ZBC’s weekly sports show, Game Plan, Ndiraya said while the target for the club is a top four finish, he will try every possible course of action to achieve the much coveted title.
“If we are presented with a chance to fight for the honor will grab the opportunity and do that. And if you remember I also said top four means any position within the top four, it could be number one. The honest truth also is we are fighting for the top position at the moment and I think it is reasonable for us as a team to do that because we have seen that we can do it at the end of the day,” he said.
Without mincing his words, Ndiraya who has turned the Ngezi community based team into one of the tittle contenders said his focus is on nothing else besides the league tittle.
“I think as a community, as a team and as the leadership of Ngezi Platinum side it is reasonable for us to go for the top gong and that is what we are focusing on at the moment. At the moment we are fighting for the big one,” said the confident former Dynamos coach.
However, to make that dream come true, Ndiraya’s team need to overcome two hurdles in the form of FC Platinum and Dynamos. Ngezi will face the two title contenders in their remaining seven fixtures.
His latest statement comes almost two months after he picked his former team, Dynamos as favourites to win the 2017 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League title. According to a close source, Ndiraya’s assertion did not go down well with the club’s top hierarchy and his latest stance could be a calculated move to avert a ‘possible’ crisis from within the board structures.
The former Dynamos player refuted the notion that his charges which have failed to grind maximum points at home in their last few matches are probably feeling the pressure of playing before their home crowd.
Ngezi Platinum FC were booted out of Chibuku Super Cup by Caps United in their backyard before dropping two crucial points against relegation threatened Tsholotsho FC at the same venue.
Meanwhile, 2015 Premier soccer league winning coach Joey Antipas said the race is still on for any team in the top four to clinch the prestigious local football accolade.
“Its a very interesting and exciting race with seven games to go and anyone in the top four can win the championship,” Antipas told Sportbrief.
Antipas who had a short stint with the South African Premier league also said his former team, Chicken Inn, who recently got a four nil beating by Highlanders can rediscover its mojo and clinch the Championship.