Triangle inspired to bounce back

Jairos Tapera


Triangle United FC coach Jairos Tapera believes that their loss to Manica Diamonds at the weekend will spur his side when they face WhaWha in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League contest at Gibbo Stadium on Sunday.

The Lowveld side suffered a 2-1 defeat which gave the Gem Boys an opportunity to reclaim the top spot, ahead of second-placed Chicken Inn only due to a better goal difference.

Tapera noted that his lads failed to make use of the chances they created and were thus punished.

“We are in full swing preparing for our game versus WhaWha and we have great respect for them. They won last week as we lost and this will push us to want this game more,” Tapera said.

“We are very much impressed with the progress the team is making. We are working very hard also to continue pushing the boys so that they can realise their full potential,” he said.

Tapera is hopeful that two of his players will pass the fitness test so that he can field a strong team for the match.

Triangle are third on the league log, having suffered only their second defeat of the season last week, while Whawha collected their first set of three points last week with a 1-0 win over basement side Yadah FC.

WhaWha coach Luke Petros hopes last week’s win can be a catalyst for a good run that can lift them from the drop zone.

“It’s sad that we have been losing not because we are a bad team but we don’t have much experience in the team,” Petros said.

“Honestly, we have players that have potential, but lacked exposure since we were coming from Division One but I think the win we got last week has raised morale as well as confidence.

“The next fixtures will not be easy, but what we are focusing on is keeping the winning spirit so that we move out of the relegation zone. Unfortunately, we can’t undo our previous results, but we can also author a new image for ourselves in the coming fixtures.”

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