Akbay proud of Ngezi players

Ngezi Platinum Stars coach Erol Akbay is proud of his charges as they wind up their pre-season camp in South Africa which he believes has gone a long way in preparing his squad for the 2019 Castle Lager Premiership season.

The Mhondoro-based side has been in South Africa for almost two weeks now intensifying their pre-season preparations, playing some practice matches against Absa Premiership top sides like Bidvest Wits and SuperSport United.

And as they wind up their preparations, Akbay believes the bulk of his squad will be in good shape for the March 30 kick-off thanks to their own professionalism and a run of those friendly matches in the neighbouring country.

The Dutchman feels the tour was an eye opener for him in gauging his side’s development. “I’m very happy the combinations are slowly coming and we seem to be getting somewhere. I think for now our transition from the back to midfield is up there but from midfield to the strikeforce, we still need to work hard,” reckons Akbay.

“But yah, you cannot build the whole team in a few weeks but the basics are already there only what we have to do now is focus on details. “The boys are giving everything to make sure we achieve what we want and for any coach it’s a very good sign.“I have no complaints because that is exactly what I want. As a coach I can only be very proud of these boys.

“The boys are not complaining of anything and are eager to do everything. They are very good boys who want to work and it gives me pleasure to work on positive things. I think this tour has enabled us to know where exactly we stand as a team in terms of progress.”
Akbay continued: “I think the matches that we have played (in South Africa) so far have all given us a good test to work on our shortcomings.

“It has been a very good camping for the boys here and I’m sure by the time the season starts my boys would have mastered how I want us to play.  “I think what we now need to improve most at this stage is our tempo. I know it takes time but I’m sure slowly we will get there.”

Having been tipped to compete for the Premier League title last term, Ngezi failed to build up on their excellent start to the season which saw them go for 15 matches unbeaten before settling for second place on the log table, 13 points behind eventual winners FC Platinum.

The club struggled for consistency in the second half of the season, which cost Tonderai Ndiraya his job with only five games to go. 
But Ngezi roped in Akbay as their new coach tasking the Dutchman to deliver the elusive title in only their fourth season in the top flight.

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