Ngezi Platinum's Akbay remains calm

WITH a target of winning the 2019 Castle Lager Premiership title, new Ngezi Platinum stars coach Erol Akbay is unfazed by the side’s losing start to the season.

Madamburo began their 2019 campaign with a 2-1 defeat away to Triangle United at Gibbo Stadium on Sunday.

Triangle surged ahead in the first half through Russel Madamombe’s penalty following a foul by Frank Makarati on Collins Dhuwa inside the box.

Madamburo managed to get back in the game when their new signing Barnabas Mushunje netted with a well-taken free kick before the half-hour mark.

However, parity did not last long as defender Kudzai Chigwida scored with a header as the game approached the halftime break.
In the second period, Ngezi Platinum were all over the home side but were unable to find an equaliser despite creating numerous chances.

This early setback will likely create pressure on Akbay as he now prepares to face newly-promoted side Mushowani Stars in their first home game of the season at Baobab Stadium this Saturday.
Madamburo are only in their fourth season in the top flight but the club hierarchy brought Akbay to deliver the title.

The club has earned a ruthless reputation after sacking Tonderai Ndiraya last season when they were just five points behind eventual champions FC Platinum with only five games remaining.
The Dutchman will now need to come up with a winning formula for the new comers Mushowani.

Newman Mashipe’s side impressed in their debut match in the top flight last weekend despite going down 2-0 to Dynamos at Rufaro Stadium.

The Mashonaland Central-based side were clearly the better team especially in the first half but were let down by poor finishing.
In the end, they were undone by two special goals from DeMbare’s new signing Ngandu Mangala inside the last 15 minutes.

Akbay, however, feels his side put in a good performance against Triangle but was only let down by poor finishing and some schoolboy errors at the back something they can rectify before Mushowani’s visit.

“I cannot complain because in the last 15 minutes we pressed high for the equaliser but I know that in Zimbabwe the opponents can do all sorts of things for the referee to stop play and to kill time,” the Dutchman said of the defeat to Triangle.

“I think we lost because of two stupid mistakes; one was by my goalkeeper and the other by my infield player.
“We knew Triangle would play long balls and crosses; they are very physical but the problem is how do you react to this game plan?

“In the first half we didn’t react very good and in the second half we tried to play football and we created a number of good chances than our opponent.

“In football if you create more chances than your opponent it’s OK and that’s why I cannot complain about our game.
“We played very well but you have to score.”

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