PREMIERSHIP newcomers Tsholotsho head coach Lizwe Sweswe is optimistic his charges will register a much-needed victory over Harare giants Caps United when the two teams meet in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League encounter at Barbourfields Stadium on
BY SAKHELENI NXUMALO
In their most recent encounter, Iziqholo zeZhwane held defending champions Dynamos to a goalless draw on Africa Day and Sweswe believes that result was a morale booster for his boys.
“It’s a confidence booster when you hold a big team like Dynamos in their own backyard and we have been drilling it into the boys that it is important to maintain the momentum,” Sweswe said.
Tsholotsho have so far registered two victories, four draws and five losses in the 11 matches they have played in the top-flight.
Their attack has been their biggest downfall as they are the lowest scoring team in the league thus far with a paltry five goals to their credit.
But while their strikers have failed to consistently hit the target, the Tsholotsho defence has done very well as they are among the six defences that have been breached less than 10 times.
The Thandolwenkosi Ncube-led Tsholotsho rearguard has conceded nine goals, while log leaders Chicken Inn, second-placed Chapungu and Highlanders have let in seven goals apiece.
How Mine have conceded eight times, while Dynamos have the stingiest defence after conceding a mere five goals.
While acknowledging that Caps are a big team, Sweswe said he had, since their entry into the top-flight, drummed it into his players’ heads not to feel overwhelmed.
“We need three points from all our games regardless of whom we play and we have always told our boys to believe in themselves.
“I think the result against Dynamos went a long way in boosting the boys’ confidence and when they take to the field on Sunday, they will not be concerned about playing
against a big team, but about collecting maximum points,” Sweswe said.
Tsholotsho are placed fourth from bottom on the log with 10 points to their credit, while Caps United are in mid table with 16 points.
Makepekepe’s fortunes had of late been bogged down by financial woes, but the struggling Harare giants have received a lifeline following a change in ownership that has seen Farai Jere taking control of the club.