Sweet times at Triangle

HARARE - Kelvin Kaindu is doing wonders for Triangle.

The Lowveld side are the most improved team in the Castle Lager Premiership considering they are a team which survived relegation on the last day of last season.

Today, they sit at the summit of the log table which shows the good work that Kaindu has done thus far for the Sugar Sugar Boys.

The Zambian gaffer has transformed the Lowveld side into a competitive side and they have recorded some big wins especially at their Gibbo Stadium fortress.

From the opening nine matches of the current campaign, Triangle have bagged themselves a staggering 20 points, winning six games, draw twice and losing just once.

Kaindu has bought in the kind of attacking football which has seen Triangle plunder 23 goals en route to the top of the table.

They have been ruthless at home and on Sunday, Triangle thumped Whawha 6-0 to reaffirm their status as title contenders.

“I think it’s good that we are at that position,” Kaindu said. “Our target remains that of fighting relegation. We don’t want the same scenario as last season where ended up fighting relegation. Every game and every point we are picking is giving us confidence.”

Triangle have made sure that the course has not stayed clear for Dynamos at the same time confirming that discipline and sound leadership are ingredients for success.

Kaindu feels self-belief has been instrumental to their good run thus far.

“What has helped us so far is the self-belief that we have instilled in players. We have been telling our players that football is the same and we can compete with any team,” he said.

“We hope to maintain the momentum going forward. The executive has also been supportive and its one of the best in managing football team.”

At Barbourfields Stadium, Highlanders had to come back from a goal down to force a late draw against Harare City and coach Bongani Mafu was happy with the team’s fighting spirit.

Highlanders are struggling at home and in their previous two home matches prior to City’s 1-1 draw, the Bulawayo giants had lost to Chapungu and CAPS United in Bulawayo.

But after watching his side coming from behind against City in a game where goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda had earlier failed to convert from the sport kick Mafu feels encouraged.

“I think we are coming well but we still need those goals to come,” Mafu told Daily News yesterday.

“The boys showed a lot of commitment and dedication to win but it’s not always the case. It’s very encouraging and even the supporters I am sure they noticed the boys’ willingness to win.

“I think we are slowly heading exactly where we want to go. We are also struggling with some injuries but the signs are okay.”

In other matches played, Dynamos coach David Mandigora challenged his players to build on their win against FC Platinum over the weekend.

The Glamour Boys bounced back from a three game winless streak with a vital 1-0 which brought a sigh of relief to Mandigora.

Oscar Machapa was the unlikely hero when he scored deep into injury time directing the ball into the net using his chest from an Ocean Mushure kick.

“I think the goals will begin to come soon,” Mandigora said.

“Our performances had gone down in our previous matches largely to fatigue that is why we rested some players (against FC Platinum). We hope the goals will start coming soon. There is need for patience from our fans.”

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