Chiefs target season revival after slump

BULAWAYO Chiefs coach Nilton Terroso


BULAWAYO Chiefs coach Nilton Terroso has called on his players not to lose focus as his side hosts Harare City in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League tie at Luveve Stadium this afternoon.

The Portuguese national is worried over the rate the side is dropping points. They have only won two games in the 2021-2022 season with their first victory being their first game when they edged Triangle 1-0 at home before playing a goalless draw against Cranborne Bullets away last year.

When the league resumed this year after the Africa Cup of Nations break, the Ninjas got off to a win, dismissing champions FC Platinum 2-0 at home before losing 2-1 to Chicken Inn at Luveve Stadium.

They also lost 2-0 to Dynamos at Barbourfields Stadium and have fired blanks in games against Tenax and ZPC Kariba.

Terroso is a worried man.

“The points of course are of concern. No one at this club is happy when you lose points and games but we have to know how to manage that. We have to be able to channel that disappointment or frustration as a motivation to continue to work hard. I am happy and confident that the team had their best performance since January and in the previous game in Kariba, so we need to continue that and we need to have even a better performance on Sunday and get the three points that hopefully we will be able to get,” he said.

Terroso added: “There is only one way to turn things around and that is hard work, dedication, commitment to what we are doing and continuing to believe in everything that we are working on and the team never losing focus both on and off the pitch.”

Midfielder Sipho Ndlovu is still out with an injury and Chiefs are banking on Obriel Chirinda and Hughe Chikosa upfront and the impressive midfielder Mthoko Msebe, who has been a revelation for the Ninjas.

They take on the Taurai Mangwiro-coached Harare City, who have also had a mediocre start to the season, sitting on position 12 on the log table with seven points from seven games with one win, four draws and two defeats.

They held title-chasing Chicken Inn to a goalless draw last weekend in Harare.

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