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Bantu has to learn how to win: Ndlovu


BANTU Rovers head coach Methembe Ndlovu says his charges have not mastered how to win and once they do they will start getting the results as the going seems to be getting tougher with each match in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.


Ndlovu said this yesterday ahead of what he terms a must-win encounter for the team against Buffaloes at Luveve Stadium tomorrow.

Rovers crushed to a humiliating 4-1 defeat at the hands of Harare City on Monday.

“I have been happy with the players’ performance but we have not learnt how to win. We have to learn how to get the results. The team is good but once we have mastered how to become winners we would have come right,” the former Highlanders championship-winning coach, said.

Bantu Rovers have so far lost seven matches in the league with three wins and one draw to make 10 points from 11 outings.

“Normally you do not say it’s a must-win match especially in the first half of the season. As a coach I am under pressure for results. I do not want the players to be under pressure because they should be concentrating on other things,” he said.

Bantu Rovers have been without a number of their key players and who include Teenage Hadebe who had an operation last month, although he is likely to feature in the team although by yesterday he was still to pass a fitness test.

“Teenage (Hadebe) started training on Tuesday, but we are desperate for a win but we do not want to be silly and use him but we will be guided by the medical staff,” said Ndlovu.

Other players who are likely to be in the team include young Tafadzwa Kutinyu who has been a revelation for Bantu Rovers in midfield, Obadiah Tarumbwa who would want to make amends for the missed penalty on Monday and veteran striker Sizalobuhle Dube.

Wounded Buffaloes coach Luke Masomere said things are slowly getting back on track for the team and the problems that were affecting them would soon be a thing of the past.

“We are preparing hard because we want to start winning. We are moving in the right direction and if we continue this way we could even win the league. I do not want to say much this time around. The players are not bad and I cannot complain. Things are well at the moment and I will personally do my best and put the problems that we have had behind us. It is going to be a good game,” said Masomere.

Buffaloes are 11th on the log with 14 points from four wins and two draws. They will be without Eria Phiri and Kevin Thembani.
Last weekend they lost their fifth match to How Mine 2-1.

Masomere will likely make use of some of his regulars who include Jacob Muzokomba, Roy Mwenga, Liberty Chakoroma, Admire Dzumbunu and Blessing Mwandimutsira.

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