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By Sports Reporter / Published on Monday, 30 Oct 2017 16:50 PM / No Comments / 399 views

30 October 2017

Erol Akbay

HIGHLANDERS coach Erol Akbay was happy with his team’s response against Black Rhinos at Barbourfields yesterday.

They had been humiliated mid-week by CAPS United in a 3-1 defeat and yesterday they floored Rhinos 2-0.

It was a match that did not mean much for Bosso with the coach admitting they are just playing to finish on the best possible position.

“It was a much better performance from the boys compared to the game against CAPS United. We improved defensively and there was more confidence in the players,” Akbay told H-Metro.

“We had another opportunity ruled off-side. But I don’t know. But totally, I’m happy we won this game and we tried as much to play good football.

“We hope we play good next time and win more points. There are 12 more points to play for so we don’t relax.”

In other matches, Chicken Inn failed to capitalise on FC Platinum and Dynamos poor results over the weekend when they were held to a goalless draw by ZPC Kariba at Nyamhunga yesterday.

The match was initially supposed to have been played Saturday but poor pitch conditions forced the match commissioner to move the match to Sunday at 10 am.

Yesterday Tsholotsho edged Bantu Rovers 2-1 to ensure that they remain in the Premiership mathematically.
Shabanie Mine blew away a 1-0 lead, allowing Triangle to pick a point in a 1-1 draw at Maglas yesterday.

At National Sports Stadium, CAPS United came from behind to force a 1-1 draw with relegation threatened Hwange.

Relegation threatened teams Triangle, Bulawayo City, Harare City, Yadah, Shabanie and Hwange all failed to collect maximum points in week 30, increasing chances that there could be surprise two teams dropping on the last day.

One of the coaches in the situation Bigboy Mawiwi was not happy he did not capitalise.

“The result could have been better for us. We came determined to collect three points here but sadly we were undone by that soft and the result is not good for me and the team. We are in the relegation zone and we thought three points today was going to do us a huge favour,” Mawiwi said.

“But we remain focused, we continue fighting. We have got the confidence there are still 12 points to fight for and we will see what happens. I think it’s a wasted opportunity because it was going to give us a big lift because most of the teams in our situation lost and others drew.

“I think what we only need to do now is to concentrate on our remaining matches. With this discipline that we showed today, the confidence is there. I am very confident of our chances of surviving relegation.”

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