Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
HERENTALS have played against all the country’s three traditional giants – Dynamos, CAPS United and Highlanders – and avoided defeats.
The Students defeated DeMbare 1-0, CAPS 3-1, their only wins of the season and drew 0-0 away at Bosso.
They have also managed goalless draws with defending champions FC Platinum and last season’s runners up Ngezi Platinum.
Despite all these ‘big’ results, however, Kumbirai Mutiwekuziva’s men are sitting 13th on the standings which reflects undesirable results against other teams.
Though he was happy with the result against Makepekepe, Mutiwekuziva has challenged his men to rise to the occasion and post positive results against other teams.
The tactician, who is leading Herentals in their second season in top-flight football, does not want his team to be branded ‘giant killers’ but rather, win against any team.
He believes if they had managed to win against other teams, they could be sitting on a better position on the standings.
“I was quite impressed by the determination of the guys, coming from a goal down and winning the game (against CAPS United). I am also happy that we managed to beat a big team again.
“But I think it is good for the team to come up with such results against any opponent. It seems they are rising when we play big teams alone. This attitude would have helped us win some of the matches,” said Mutiwekuziva.
Though they are only one point above the relegation zone, Herentals have only lost three times and drew six times.
It means they have lost the same number of games with joint log leaders Chicken Inn and CAPS who are on 22 points.
Mutiwekuziva attributed the draws to poor conversion rate but believes their win over Makepekepe is the beginning of good things.
“I have been waiting for this time for long, the team has been doing very well but the problem was scoring.
“This is the result we have been always waiting for, it gives the boys confidence going forward. It also shows that they are paying attention to what we have been telling them at team. I challenge them to score more goals,” said Mutiwekuziva.