We have to work on our attack: Mathe

BULAWAYO - Highlanders caretaker coach Mark Mathe believes the Bulawayo giants are improving with each passing week although a lot of work still needs to be done in the final third.

Mathe told reporters at the end of Bosso’s friendly match against FC Platinum at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday, which ended in a 1-0 victory for the hosts, that he was impressed with his team’s performance especially in defence and midfield.

SHARING IDEAS: FC Platinum coach Lloyd Mutasa, left, chats with Highlanders assistant coach Mark Mathe, right, after Sunday’s friendly match.

“It’s looking good and it has been a positive start,” Mathe said.

“I am happy with the winning mentality that the team has and the ability to change the complexion of the game in the second half but I think we should work on offensive play using width as I feel that is our weakest area.”

Highlanders were poor going forward in the first half and only improved after Mathe rung the changes at the beginning of the second half.

The introduction of Kudakwashe Mahachi and Gabriel Nyoni, who came in for Valentine Ndaba and Mkhululi Dube, saw Highlanders become more adventurous going forward.

Warriors star midfielder Mahachi eventually found the target on 61 minutes for his first goal in Highlanders colours, and what a brilliant strike it was.

The Mamelodi Sundowns-bound player picked up the ball from way outside the Platinum penalty box and evaded a couple of challenges before letting loose a screamer that gave the visitors’ goalkeeper Talbert Shumba no chance.

And judging from Sunday’s performance, Mahachi may be the driving force in Highlanders’ title charge during his stay with the club.

The former Bantu Rovers and Chicken Inn star is on record saying his wish is to leave Highlanders in a position to comfortably win the league championship by the time his loan comes to an end in July.

This could be a possibility if he continues to play like he did on Sunday, when he continuously tore apart the Platinum defence with his mazy runs.

It is the centre striker’s position that has Highlanders fans troubled as at the moment Nyoni seems to be the only player who seems capable of being deployed as an out-and-out striker.

The seasoned duo of Milton Ncube and Charles Sibanda are more suited to a supporting striker role and the jury is still out on former New West striker Mkhululi Dube, who failed to make an impression after being given a start against Platinum.

Kugona Kunenge Kudada head coach Lloyd Mutasa was impressed with the way his charges were knocking the ball around despite going down to Highlanders.

The former Dynamos star linkman and coach said this season his team is in a strong position to challenge for honours.

“It was a good game and I am happy with the way we kept possession and the way we were tracking although we failed to find the target,” Mutasa said.

“We now have depth and have players that want to play for the team and I am sure we have what it takes to fight for honours this year.”

Platinum have brought in proven strikers in the form of ex- Highlanders striker Njabulo Ncube, former Shabanie Mine player Tarisai Rukanda and ex-Buffaloes man Stephen Sibanda.

Also signed by the Zvishavane-based side were young stars Walter Musona and Wisdom Mutasa, who showed glimpses of their class against Highlanders.

Comments (1)

Morena.. Nthate Mathe re kopa ne rote haholoholo ho Kaindu...empa oa re sea jwanong...

Ke mo sotho - 25 February 2014

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