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Tripple B cry foul


BEITBRIDGE-BASED Premiership football outfit Tripple B have blamed fatigue for their loss to Harare City over the weekend.


Tshintsha Magiya played three games inside seven days starting with a 655km road journey to Hwange where they succumbed to a 1-3 loss on May 19. They returned to Beitbridge the following day before embarking on another taxing trip to Zvishavane last Thursday where they drew 2-2 with Caps United.

They returned to Beitbridge on Friday before travelling to Harare the following day for the Harare City date where they crashed to a 0-2 defeat on Sunday. Tripple B have not been able to play the big four — Dynamos, Highlanders, Caps United and FC Platinum — because of security concerns at their home ground, Dulibadzimu.

Having gained just a point from the three matches, Tripple B coach Peter Manoti feels their trotting of the length and breadth of the country took its toll on his charges.

“We have travelled a lot this week. The guys never had a rest and that counted against us in Harare.

“Players need proper rest after a game and to adequately train for their next assignment. Our opponents never travelled like we did, so they were better prepared than us physically,” Manoti said.

But they will be relieved to finally host only their third home match against Motor Action at Dulibadzimu on Sunday.

Despite anchoring the log, Manoti still believes his charges can pull off a remarkable escape from relegation.

“We need seven wins from the final 18 games to have a chance. It’s a tall order, but we will keep going.

“We’re still not down. There’s no way we’re giving up on this season yet. It’s too early and we are playing some attractive football,” he said.

Manoti will have the luxury to make some changes to the team in mid-season if funds permit so that he can have players who best suit his style of play.

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