Kaindu remains modest

HARARE – Despite  a near perfect start to the 2015 Castle Lager Premiership season, Triangle coach Kelvin Kaindu is not getting carried away.

In the previous two years that they have been in the Premiership, Triangle were among a list of teams earmarked for early return to division one football. 

But four wins and a draw from the opening five matches of the season, have seen the Lowveld side shoot to the top of the log standings.

They have plundered a massive 14 goals in the process at an average of 2,2 goals per game.

The Sugar Sugar Boys might not be a team many people were tipping to challenge for honours but Kaindu’s men seem to be getting better with each passing game.

They opened the season with a 5-2 mauling of Hwange, a result that was viewed as a fluke by many pundits.

They went on to draw with Buffaloes before picking up wins over lowly sides Chapungu and Dongo Sawmills.

Their biggest test yet this season was last weekend’s clash against Harare giants CAPS United at Gibbo Stadium.

Triangle passed that test with flying colours. The Tongaat Hulett-owned side ruthlessly exposed Makepekepe with a 4-0 defeat.

Kaindu is however, keeping his feet on the ground.

“We are all happy we are winning, but we must go step by step,” Kaindu told the Daily News yesterday.

“We should not get carried away by the wins. The fans can savour the wins, but for the players, it is important to remain focused. Immediately we are done with one match, we shift attention to the next.”

The Zambian, who guided Highlanders to consecutive second place finishes in the two full seasons he spent in Bulawayo, added that self-belief and hard work are the ingredients to Triangle’s transformation.  

“I think its hard work and the belief in ourselves that we can play and score goals to win our matches,” said the former Highlanders coach.

“If you look at it, we don’t have any particular player who is extraordinary or anything. Ours is team work and I am happy the results so far show we are heading exactly where we want to be.

“At the same time, I think it’s still too early for us to start talk of the championship for now. Our goal is to at least reach the 35 points mark during this first half of the season.

“We want to try and avoid last year’s situation where we ended up fighting relegation. We know it will not be easy but we really need to fight hard.”

While Kaindu is enjoying a new lease of life with Triangle, the same cannot be said about the man who replaced him at Bosso — Bongani Mafu.

The same Highlanders fans, who hounded Kaindu out of the club, now want him back after their side went down 0-1 to Chapungu at the weekend.

Bosso fans demonstrated at Barbourfields Stadium following the defeat to the AirForce of Zimbabwe side before marching to the club’s offices.

Elsewhere, Dynamos coach David Mandigora has defended his tactics after posting a third 1-0 win over the weekend against newly-promoted side Flame Lilly at Gwanzura Stadium.

The Glamour Boys might have the same number of points as log leaders Triangle, but it is his side’s goal return which is worrying the team’s fans.

Mandigora has come under scrutiny from sections of the club who are questioning his tactics of deploying one striker while fielding more defensive-minded players.

Dynamos won the 2011, 2012 and 2013 league titles on goal difference but have only been able to score only seven goals in five matches.

Comments (2)

ko 14 points madziwanepi amunyori wee edit your story b4 yu go to print weduwee msaita mdofo anotyisa kana kunzwa kuti yu rae not good in sport news

mdembare - 16 April 2015

hope Sugar, Sugar Boys will maintain their form, they have made the lowveld community proud. Good woork Mr Kaindu, #sofarsogood#, then avo vanonzi mdembare vanemweya wekutuka can i remind you that there is a big difference btwn goals scored and points attained. #chachirungu#

njabulo Gibbo - 17 April 2015

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