Oscar Rusenga in Triangle
TRIANGLE United secured a late victory against Highlanders in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League game with a 79th minute goal from veteran Russell Madamombe, benefiting from a pinpoint cross from Ghanaian international Wilson Mensah.
Highlanders are winless in their previous eight outings and coach Baltemar Brito was disappointed with the outcome and his team’s performance.
“One team was fighting for points to survive relegation and another one came here not with the best attitude. We had moments that we played, but one silly mistake and Triangle capitalised and got one goal and we will go home one more time without points.
“We were on the top for the better part of the season because of a lot of sacrifices and good spirit to collect maximum points.
“At this moment, even the players don’t look like they have attitude to push and finish as high as possible. I will not be available for the last three games of the season because I am traveling with the national team. I wish Highlanders the best and let’s see the future,” said Brito.
Triangle’s new coach, John Nyikadzino, who took over from Thulani Sibanda, was pleased with the three points, moving his team up one place away from relegation on the same number of points as Sheasham, but with a better goal difference.
Nyikadzino’s task is to save Triangle from relegation, and he thanked his predecessor for having done something by picking up three points, which now raise the team’s points to 34.
“It wasn’t an easy game. Highlanders is a seasoned side and among the teams at the top. We are very happy with the three points, especially at home in front of our supporters.
“I am happy with the players’ response; they know where we are in terms of our position on the log. Triangle have been in the premiership for a long time and it’s sad if this team gets relegated and that is the message we sent to them.
“I would like to thank the Triangle executive for showing confidence in me. They gave me an opportunity to take charge of this mammoth task of trying to save the team from relegation.
“We now need to focus on our next game and hopefully we can get three points,” said Nyikadzino.