Blessing Malinganiza, Sports Reporter
LOCAL coaches have lamented on the absence of friendly matches ahead of the resumption of the mini-league tournament.
The teams have been drawn into four groups and is scheduled to start on May 15.
H-Metro spoke to different coaches on their preparedness.
FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza said:
“So far so good can’t complain. Only two weeks left and it’s all about technical and tactical work and some few friendly games which of course will be played after getting clearances from the top brass that’s PSL and ZIFA.”
Tenax coach Shadreck Mugurasawe said they have assembled a competitive team.
“We are doing our training as usual. We have assembled a team that can compete;” he said.
Black Rhinos coach Herbert Maruwa said they will use the mini-league to prepare for Premiership.
“So far so good we are trying our level best to push the boys, we spend more time on the physical aspect of the game because of inactivity.
“Now we trying to work on the technical and tactical aspects, we need to catch up but now there is a mini-league we need to make sure the boys are ready and make sure we can fine tune the team during that period.”
ZPC Kariba, Godfrey Tamirepi said they covered fundamentals.
“I believe it’s a tournament, not a mini league. However, we are in our fifth week and we have now covered all the four football fundamental aspects, but the most worrisome thing is the fact that we couldn’t play friendly matches as we were advised by the PSL as a way to curb Covid-19.
“Apart from that, as coaches and as a team we have done our best to make sure the players are fit and ready to battle in this coming tournament.
Triangle United coach Taurai Mangwiro said:
“We are getting to our fourth week of preparation and everyone is excited to be back at training. Remember it has been time with this pandemic and things were getting scary with everyone and we are happy we have been given the greenlight to practice and it’s very refreshing and we hope the pandemic will remain under control.
“We hope after the mini league tournament will be given the greenlight to resume the normal league. Of course a lot of things have changed, it’s the new normal but for now we have to do with what is upon us and as a football team we have the setback of losing Talbert Shumba to Nkana and Trevor Mavhunga to Dynamos. Obey Mwerahari hasn’t renewed his contract on time and we haven’t brought any replacement yet.
“At least now we are clear with what ZIFA and PSL needs to do. Before the Friday meeting it was very difficult to convince the sponsors that we need to bring in players because they were saying it’s just five games and you can’t give long term contracts based on that.
“Now they have come open and we will get feedback from the club and we will have a way forward.
Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas bemoaned lack of friendlies.
“We now in our fourth week of training and things are on the up. The only problem is we have not had any friendlies.”