Akbay rallies Bosso

HARARE - Highlanders coach Erol Akbay hopes his side can rekindle their fading Castle Lager Premiership title hopes when they travel to the Baobab Stadium to face Ngezi Platinum Stars today.

The Bulawayo giants are currently going through a difficult phase having picked up a single point in their previous three matches in which they registered a draw against Harare City before two defeats to ZPC Kariba and Tsholotsho.

The defeat to Tsholotsho was a humiliation for Bosso since it was the first time the bottom-placed side had won a match in this season after 21 matches.

Bosso go into today’s match in seventh place on the log table with 32 points, trailing log leaders Chicken Inn by a massive 13 points with only 12 games to go before the season ends.

Akbay is fully aware that his side cannot afford anymore slip-ups if they hope to get back into contention for the title.

“We have been talking about the situation where we need to get three points, but unfortunately, we’ve not been able to do that,” Akbay told the Daily News.

“It’s disappointing. We tried to win all our games and we will try to win our remaining games, too.

“We cannot keep on losing matches. It’s not that we have played badly. The boys are actually playing some beautiful football but failing to score. I hope we will be able to rectify that mistake when we face Ngezi Platinum Stars.”

Bosso’s poor run has left their fans calling for Akbay’s head. The Dutchman will not be renewing his contract with Bosso at the end of the season.

“I don’t think it’s fair blaming the coach. There is need to look at our situation carefully rather than pointing fingers at me,” Akbay said.

“If you remember there was a time when we lost four key players, who were never replaced and people still expect you to win matches. It’s not that easy, it’s harder than anything else.”

On their game against Ngezi, Akbay said they were expecting a difficult match.

“Ngezi are a good team and we are expecting a tough match,” he said.

“They have been doing well lately; they have quality players capable of hurting anyone on a good day. But we are going there to try and win matches.”

Ngezi Platinum Stars are desperate to bounce back to winning ways following a 3-0 battering at the hands of champions CAPS United last weekend at Rufaro Stadium.

Tonderai Ndiraya’s men remain on course for their maiden title as they sit second on the log table with 43 points, two behind log leaders Chicken Inn.

Ngezi will once again be banking on the exploits of striker Terrence Dzvukamanja, who has been in impressive form since his return from injury at the resumption of the second half of the season.

After the defeat to CAPS United, Ndiraya said they would not lose hope and would work hard in their match against Highlanders to ensure they collect maximum points.

“We will keep on working hard. Our focus is now on our game against Highlanders which will not be an easy match,” he said.

“But we will work on our shortcomings to ensure we get maximum points”

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