Ngezi Platinum FC head coach Tonderai Ndiraya said although his charges secured maximum points at Ascot Stadium on Wednesday but admitted his team didn’t play the way they normally do.
By Tongai Mwenje
Addressing journalists after the 1:0 victory over stubborn Chapungu, the former Dynamos coach was excited to the fact that his team got the much needed three points although they didn’t play their usual game.
“I think we are traveling well, it’s a long journey but I think so far the journey is good, we are on the right track. But look I am excited by the way we got the result today, it has been a long time before we defeated Chapungu here (Ascot Stadium),” Ndiraya said.
Ngezi Platinum FC’s last two visits to Ascot Stadium have not been easy having drawn 1-1 and 0-0 in the previous two seasons respectively.
The jinx was broken yesterday after Walter Mukanga’s solitary goal in the 68th minute earned the Mhondoro Ngezi platinum miners three points to cement their position at the top.
However, the win was not convincing enough as the coach expected a better display from his troops.
“I think we battled here, we didn’t quite play the way we normally do of course because of certain factors,” he said.
Ndiraya went on to say his team was hesitant, they did not achieve the creativity they expected especially in the final third.
“Coming to the game itself, I thought it was a balanced affair but I thought we were hesitant as a team in the first half we were not really ourselves. We didn’t get the creativity we wanted especially in the final third,” he added.
“In the second half it was more or less the same until we introduced Michael Charamba who seems to be our impact player these days and he did the job. We wanted someone to get the ball behind that defence and he (Charamba) did that and he ended up assisting that goal.
“But at the end of the day, I think what is important is that we got the three points and I’m proud of my team for having done a job to grind out the results.”
Next up, Ndiraya’s charges face Harare City, a side which he said are a tough team to beat but added that his team is relishing the challenge.
“We have a next challenge which is Harare City, it will be a tough match but I hope we will be ready for the challenge.”