MANICA Diamonds interim coach Johannes Nhumwa has revealed secrets behind the team’s good performance after the departure of Luke Masomere.
Masomere was fired at the beginning of last month over poor results that had seen the team going for seven games without a win, mounting their relegation woes.
Since his departure, the Gem Boys have recorded their best ‘turnover’ of the season.
They have managed to collect 13 points out of the possible 18 – from four wins, one draw and one defeat.
Nhumwa told H-Metro yesterday that he just dealt with the players’ mentality and discipline towards matches.
“It is all about the mentality and discipline. I had to have a one on one with a number of players and make them believe that they can do it.
“Some of these things are to do with the morale in the camp as well. Of course, when my brother Masomere was here, the mod in the camp was fine but I feel it has increased and I can attribute it to these positive results as well,” said Nhumwa.
The veteran tactician said he had also to give other players a run, which he believes also contributed to the team’s good performance.
“Of course there are also issues to do with game time on some of the players. For example, Peace Makaha was a bench warmer for the better part of the first half of the season but we gave him the chance.
“Those are some of the things that we have tried to change at the team,” he said.
Despite the good run, Nhumwa is not dreaming big saying he is just targeting to survive relegation.
He also warned his players of being carried away by the fine run.
“The target is to remain the top-flight. We are not dreaming big and the players need to keep their heads down and stay focused. I can see that they are happy. We also have guys like Benjamin Marere who returned from injury and playing the game of his time.
“A 36-year-old running like a 12-year-old. You can see that everyone is happy in the camp and wants to play and win for the team.”