Poor finishing worries Ndiraya

HARARE - Ngezi Platinum Stars coach Tonderai Ndiraya  hopes his side will be more clinical in front of goal when they face Dynamos in a top-of-the-table Castle Lager Premiership match at Baobab Stadium on Saturday.

Ndiraya’s side go into this weekend’s match in third place, two points behind log leaders FC Platinum and just one behind second placed DeMbare with only five games to go before the season ends.

With the Castle Lager Premiership now reaching its business end, Madamburo need to win at least all their remaining matches to be crowned champions.

They do, however; face a tall order as they are still to play all the title-chasing sides Dynamos (h), FC Platinum (a) and Chicken Inn (h) in those remaining five matches.

Scoring has been Madamburo’s biggest weakness in their last three games in which they have picked up a single win over Harare City (2-1) while drawing with Tsholotsho (0-0) and Chapungu (1-1). 

“Of late we have not been getting that ball into the final third to kill off our matches and of course we scored a beautiful goal (against Chapungu) and that’s what we have been clamouring for,” Ndiraya said.

“We need to get into the final third and fight for balls in the final third and we need to improve on that. We will be playing at home now and I hope this will give us an advantage; it’s going to be a difficult match.”

Ndiraya is banking on his side’s good form at home where they have now gone for over a year without a defeat.

Ngezi’s last defeat at Baobab was in August last year when they went down 0-2 to How Mine.

During that period, Ndiraya’s side has won 15 and drawn five of the 20 league matches they have played at home. 

Revenge will also be a motivating factor for the home side after they went down 3-2 to DeMbare in an entertaining first round clash at the National Sports Stadium in June.

“We lost 3-2 to Dynamos in the first match earlier this season and that was a match we dominated; it’s a match that I thought we should have won,” Ndiraya said.

“We are taking confidence from that performance and from our performance against Chapungu.

“It was going to be a different scenario if we had lost to Chapungu. It’s going to be a difficult match but look we haven’t lost a match at Baobab in quiet a long time.

“We are just preparing for that match so that we can collect maximum points and keep our home record intact.”

On the title race, Ndiraya believes his side still has a good chance as long as they pick up maximum points in the last five matches.

“At this point of the season, being two points behind the log leaders is still very much within reach.

“What we need to do is just collect maximum points in our remaining matches,” he said.

“There are still five games to go and that’s a lot of points to fight for. We are still in it with a very big chance and we just need to keep up the pressure on the teams at the top.

“It’s never easy and it was never going to be easy for all the teams fighting for the title this season looking at how the games and the results are playing out.” 

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