19 May 2017
NGEZI Platinum have had a flying start to the season and coach of the month for April, Tonderai Ndiraya, says they have to beat the best if they are to maintain their campaign on track.
They face ZPC Kariba at Baobab on Sunday in a game Ndiraya describes as a clash with the very best.
The youthful coach admits that Sunday Chidzambwa’s ZPC Kariba will give them a reality check.
“We are still preparing for the game. ZPC are a very good team coached by the most successful coaches Zimbabwe has ever had.
“That alone makes them a very difficult opponent to play against. If you add the quality of players that they have then it makes them even more stronger,” Ndiraya told H-Metro.
This has been a flying start for Ndiraya, who is leading a Premiership club for the first time from the start.
He had previously led Dynamos on a caretaker role starting mid-season after taking over from David Mandigora.
Last year he took over at Ngezi mid-season with a mission to save the team from relegation.
The Ngezi coach said his charges are motivated enough to prove a point to their opponents.
“They have that respect from us as a team and that is encouraging us as a team to get a result against them.
“They are coming to play a team which is doing very well at Baobab and that will make the match exciting to watch.”
Fears were that complacency would get the better of Ngezi Platinum players.
But Ndiraya says that his charges are aware that it was too early for them to think they are on top of the world.
“The season is still in its infancy and we are concentrating on picking up points which will assist us in achieving our objectives at the end of the season,” he said.
On Sunday, former Ngezi player Talent Chamboko, who is one of the inform players at ZPC Kariba, could haunt his former employers.
It was not clear after last year why the utility player did not renew his contract but Ngezi has since taken on board Qadr Amini who is playing wide on the left in a 3-5-2 formation.
Ndiraya said: “Talent left because his contract had expired. He has been doing well for his team and we are happy for him.”
He said while the player could put a dagger on them, they needed to focus more on the threat from the whole team.
“We are focusing on a group and not individuals. But we understand and appreciate the contribution made by individuals to a group and I hope we will be able to deal with that collectively as a group,” he said.