CASTLE Lager Premiership’s most-travelled club Tripple B are back home in Beitbridge, after more than three weeks, where they will entertain Motor Action at Dulibadzimu Stadium Saturday.
By Fortune Mbele
Head coach Peter Manoti will be hoping for a change of fortunes.
The Beitbridge-based Tripple B had Dulibadzimu condemned for big matches and have had to endure the misfortune of using Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane for their clashes against Dynamos, Highlanders, Caps United and FC Platinum.
They were last home on May 11 when they lost 1-0 to Monomotapa, with their last home match at Mandava having seen them hold Caps United to a 2-2 draw last Thursday.
That was on the eve of parting ways with coach Friday Phiri and assistant gaffer Manoti took over before they went on to lose 2-0 to Harare City in the capital.
Despite anchoring the log table with a meagre seven points from 12 matches, Manoti yesterday said Tripple B have been playing well, but have been letting in silly goals and failing to utilise chances.
Manoti says fixtures have not been favourable to his boys with fatigue playing havoc in the Tripple B camp.
“Our performance has not been bad. The log standings do not reflect how we have been playing. We have been playing very well, conceding silly goals and failing to convert the chances created.
“That has been our handicap. We have been working on that. The fixtures have not been favourable to us and fatigue has been creeping in.
“With the comfort of playing at home on Saturday (tomorrow) and with an injury-free squad, we are hoping for a good result,” Manoti said.
Tripple B have only won two times in the 12 matches, with one draw and nine losses, but Manoti believes tables could be turned.
“I am not new to the club and I am working on the continuation of what we had planned with the former head coach and we are hoping for the better. We are going to try our best against Motor Action with our fans behind us at Dulibadzimu,” Manoti said.
Tripple B have in camp Edmore Chafungamoyo, Timire Mamvura and Givemore Fireyi among the players who could cause an upset for the Mighty Bulls.
The Mighty Bulls are coming from a 2-0 defeat at the hands of league champions Dynamos at Rufaro Stadium last Saturday and will also be hoping for three points away from home.
They are without Clemence Matawu and Passmore Bernard due to suspension.
Coach Joey Antipas is wary of Tripple B.
“We have been working hard during the whole week. It will be a difficult game playing away to Tripple B, who have also been playing their home games away,” Antipas said.
Motor Action have struggled in the last 12 games, with only three wins, three draws and six losses and are on position four from the bottom with 12 points.
Meanwhile, Black Mambas are back in Bulawayo after a 2-1 loss to Highlanders last Sunday at Barbourfields.
They face Chicken Inn at Luveve Stadium tomorrow.