Snodia Mikiri, Sports Reporter
HIGHLANDERS coach Madinda Ndlovu has hailed his players’ mentality ahead of their trip to Yadah at Rufaro on Saturday.
Bosso are going into the match buoyed by their back-to-back wins –after a poor start to the season that saw them failing to record a win in the opening eight matches.
Madinda said his boys now possess the mental strength that is needed to win matches in the top-flight league.
“Everybody is thrilled and happy with the wins. Going forward the most noticeable thing is the mentality of the players have changed.
“Their mental strength towards believing they are in it as well for this season is very visible, when they came to training and when they are doing their day to day business.
“The confidence in terms of personality is very influential,” said Madinda.
Highlanders are 14th on the log with 11 points, five above Yadah who are deep in the drop zone.
Madinda said the wins have helped the players build the needed motivation and has helped them raise their competition level.
“The wins came when it was long overdue. The competition at the training is now stiff.
“Players want to be in the team and one would only hope that it should be carried to all the games still to come.
“So that we start competing among the best,” he added.
The well-travelled tactician believes the Bulawayo giants are still the title race despite trailing leaders Chicken Inn with 11 points.
He said he has enough confidence in his players who are capable of defeating any team in the castle Langer Premiership.
“I believe we still have boys who can carry the season for Highlanders.
“I look at the boys that we have, in terms of intelligence, the ability to play the game of football at any stage and they can also sustain any pressure.
“The loose ends that were within the team were tied up and we will begin to see the real Highlanders going forward,” he said.