Yadah mentor confident ahead of Black Rhinos clash

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Genesis Mangombe

BY MAGRETH RUZVIDZO

YADAH FC coach Genesis Mangombe is confident that his side can pull off a good result when they clash with Black Rhinos in a Premier Soccer League match this afternoon.

The match is pencilled for Baobab Stadium in Mhondoro-Ngezi.

Mangombe told NewsDay Sport yesterday that he was confident of his squad, but admitted that their opponents were also a formidable force.

“So far so good with the preparations, we are geared to go and face strong Black Rhinos. My squad is fit in all departments and we have enough arsenal to do the job.

“We have been working on the defending aspect because if you see we were one of the teams which conceded most goals in the Chibuku Super Cup, hence we want to make sure that we don’t concede this time around, so defensive wise, we are now OK,” he said.

“In the attacking third also, we created a lot of chances, yet we are failing to convert them, but this time around, nearly every day we are polishing our attacking force, working on the technique and stability of players.

“We have also been working on our intensity and transition aspects. We have increased the speed in the attacking third.”

Yadah will be seeking to register their first win this season following their 1-0 defeat to Dynamos and ZPC Kariba before they were held to a 1-1 draw by Harare City in their last match.

Mangombe said his team would guard against complacency and make sure that they collect maximum points from this match.

“As for Black Rhinos, I feel the opponent is one of the well-assembled teams with a good technical bench, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that we are not going to match or even overpower them. They are a good side, I saw them playing against Caps United. We are not going to dwell much on yesteryears, where we managed to beat them. It’s a new chapter altogether,” he said.

Black Rhinos coach Herbert Maruwa on the other side said today’s match won’t be an easy one, but was also confident that his side had a number of experienced players who could secure a win.

“So far so good, the boys are ready for the game. We need the points and it’s not going to be an easy game,” he said.

“We cannot underrate Yadah. They can rise to the occasion, so we need to be at our best. We need to work on our finishing, we got a lot of chances which we missed. We have got a good team with upcoming boys and experienced guys whom I believe can do a job
for us.”

Black Rhinos are currently eighth-placed following their 2-0 win over Highlanders and two one-goal draws against Herentials and Caps United.

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