Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
NGEZI Platinum boss Rodwell Dhlakama says he has respect for their Chibuku Super Cup quarter-final opponents but they are going into the match with a positive mindset.
Ngezi will face Group 2 winners Chicken Inn, who have not tasted defeat so far in this campaign.
The platinum miners lost grip on their last match of the group stage, suffering a 2-1 defeat to rivals FC Platinum to finish second in Group 4.
And speaking to H-Metro Sport yesterday, Dhlakama said the desire is to go all the way and lift the coveted trophy.
“It’s always good to discover opponents in time, it gives you enough time to prepare. We go into these matches to win, I always emphasise that to the boys.
“But I should also say that I have a lot of respect for our opponents. Chicken Inn are a very experienced side with good players. If you look at their run in the current campaign and they also finished second in the previous season of the Premier Soccer League and we were fourth.
That shows that they are a good side and they also have a very good coach, an experienced coach,” he said.
PSL are yet to announce dates for the quarters since Group 1 is playing the final round of matches this weekend where Harare City and ZPC Kariba have chances of progressing.
Dhlakama said that will give them enough time to prepare and try to improve the players’ level of fitness.
“The issue if fitness has been a cause for concern but not only to Ngezi Platinum but all the teams. So like any other team, we will continue working hard ahead of the match.
“Like I said, we go into matches to win and that is the only goal going into the match. We will not let our respect for our opponents affect our game plan,” said Dhlakama.
He also expects his boys to put the FC Platinum setback and rise to occasion when they face the occasion.
“I expect them to pick up themselves and fight for a positive result.
Dhlakama also spoke of his team’s sharpness in front of goal.
“We play to score goals, its unfortunate there are no fans but play to entertain and we entertain to score goals,” he said.