DUTCH coach Erol Akbay is targeting a flourishing finish to his spell as Highlanders coach, as his side takes on Caps United in their last Castle Lager Premiership match this season.
BY FORTUNE MBELE
Although there is not much to play for, since both giants are out of contention for the title, a match pitting Bosso against the Green Machine is always a big occasion.
Akbay, whose contract expires on December 31, wants to sign off with success on the grand stage.
“This weekend is my last game against Caps United. It’s a very difficult game for us. We lost to them in Harare and they played good football then. But this weekend is different,” he said.
“We are more aggressive and want to win this match so bad because we have been inconsistent in the last 10 matches. We want to win this last game at home and want to finish the season in a respectable position.”
However, the Dutchman has said his stay at the Bulawayo giants was good and as a foreign coach, he expected some of things that happened, especially the restive Highlanders’ fans.
“My stay at Highlanders was very good. Highlanders are a family club, that is why if you are a coach of this club, it means you are part of the family,” Akbay said.
“The supporters are sometimes very hard to please and as a coach and as a foreigner, I was aware of that before I came here. I can only say I was happy the two years I was here.”
Highlanders face Caps United who beat them 3-1 last month in a re-arranged reverse fixture at the National Sports Stadium.
The Green Machine’s Dominic Chungwa is poised for the Golden Boot award, looking set to increasing his goal tally.
Chungwa, who scored a brace against Highlanders last month in Harare, is on 16 goals.
The 2016 champions Caps United can only end the season on position five as they have 57 points, four behind Chicken Inn, who take on Dynamos at Rufaro and are 11 points ahead of Highlanders, who are on sixth