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Akbay gets tough with players


HIGHLANDERS head coach, Erol Akbay is disappointed with the rough patch the Bulawayo giants are going through and had a hard-hitting discussion with his players on Monday, ahead of the team’s Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match against Bantu Rovers at Barbourfields Stadium tomorrow.


Akbay said he hoped Monday’s hairdryer treatment would bring good results going forward.

“This is making me very worried. I’m absolutely not happy with the way we are losing games. This is unacceptable. I talked to the players yesterday (Monday),” he said.

“We are making too many unnecessary mistakes and I hope on Thursday (tomorrow), they will put what we talked about into action. Our strikers are missing a number of chances, but maybe that can be acceptable. Our defenders are also not doing well and that is making me worried.

“We have to score goals to win games. Bantu Rovers have been losing, but they have not been losing big and they have players who can score. There is no easy team to beat in this league.”

The Bulawayo giants are in an unfamiliar position, number 10 on PSL log and despite holding Dynamos away in Harare in their last match, they had lost four matches on the trot prior and on Sunday, they were bundled out of the Chibuku Super Cup by Harare City at Mandava Stadium.

If that trend continues in the league, with nine matches to go, Highlanders could soon be fighting relegation from the top league, after having started the season as championship contenders.

Rahman Kutsanzira, King Nadolo and Tendai Ngulube will miss tomorrow’s match, while Honest Moyo is suspended.

Highlanders, on 33 points, face troubled Bantu Rovers, who have only won three matches in the league in 25 matches.

At BF this afternoon, Bulawayo City host Tsholotsho, who are also facing relegation, while the Mandla Mpofu-coached local authority side is also not very safe on position 11 with 32 points.

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