WITH relegation staring at Bantu Rovers with 13 matches to end the season, head coach Methembe Ndlovu still believes positive results will come their way as they entertain FC Platinum in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Luveve Stadium this afternoon.
The match is at 1300hrs followed by the How Mine-Triangle clash at 1500hrs at the same venue.
Ndlovu yesterday said the 17 matches they have played so far in the league has brought enough experience to his boys and he hopes to start grinding the results and steer away from relegation after playing for one season following a merger with Plumtree Chiefs, which saw Bantu Rovers using the PSL franchise.
“I think we now have a lot of experience for the 17 matches that we have played and we hope to start getting the results,” Ndlovu said.
Bantu Rovers play an exciting brand of passing football with a number of youngsters in their squad, but the results have not been coming and they are second from the bottom of the log standings with 10 defeats, four wins and have drawn three times.
Basically, the need 20 points from 39 available to survive relegation.
Tafadzwa Kutinyu, Bukhosi Sibanda, Moses Majika, Emberton Tshuma, Teenage Hadebe and Dalubuhle Moraka are some of the youthful players at Tshintsha Guluva that also have experienced Johannes Ngodzo, Sizalobuhle Dube, Obadiah Tarumbwa and Fortune Ncube.
Hebert Dick and Zephaniah Ngodzo are suspended.
They take on Platinum, who are on position six on the table with 24 points from 17 games and beat them at Mandava Stadium in the first half of the season and have played two goalless draws against Shabanie Mine and Chapungu in their last matches.
Platinum Mine head coach Lloyd Mutasa will see the return of Raphael Muduviwa and Simon Shoko from suspension.
Meanwhile, How Mine are also hoping to pick from where they left off on Sunday when they held Highlanders to a goalless draw at Barbourfields after going through a bad spell that had seen them drop to position eight after having been at the top of the log-standings at some stage.
Coach Philani Ncube said the draw against Highlanders was a good sign of better things coming and will be hoping that Kuda Musharu finds his scoring boots.
They will also bank on Caleb Masocha, who joined them in mid-season Triangle coach Biggie Zuze said the coming in of Hardlife Muvundi, Nelson Meson, Cabby Kamhapa, Graham Ncube in mid-season have given him better options for a better performance in the second half of the season.