Nekati shifts focus

12 Sep, 2019 - 15:09 0 Views
Nekati shifts focus


Snodia Mikiri, Sports Reporter

WARRIORS and ZPC Kariba defender Ian Nekati says he will take his form to help his team defend their home record when they host Dynamos at Nyamhunga on Saturday.

Nekati had a good game for the Warriors when they dismissed Somalia 3-1 at the National Sports Stadium on Tuesday.

He surpassed people’s expectations when he was deployed to the right back by coach Joey Antipas.

With Nottingham Forest defender Tendayi Darikwa injured, Antipas opted for MacClive Phiri and Nekati in these two matches.

Nekati said they will be looking forward to keep their home record safe.

Kariba are yet to lose at home so far this season.

From the 11 home games Kariba have three draws and eight wins.

“I will take this form back home and help my teammates defend our home record.

“Our pride is about keeping our home record safe. We have to do our best to do all we can to keep our home record safe.

“I am looking forward to help my club the best way I know how,” said Nekati.

Kariba are second on the log with 39 points only being separated on goal difference with FC Platinum.

Kariba will also be looking for revenge having lost the reverse fixture 1-0.

Seventh-placed Dynamos will be looking forward to stretch their unbeaten run to 10 games.

Nekati predicts a tough encounter.

“It will be tough game but we will do our best to make sure we come out victorious and get our revenge as well.

“We will be banking on the home advantage,” he added.

Nekati said he is happy with his contributions to the national team.

He said the foreign players motivated him with the warm welcome.

“As the only local player I was nervous but the other senior guys helped me build confidence and they gave me a warm welcome and showed me the ropes.

“It was not about individual brilliance but it was all about team work.

“It was an honor to represent the country and the local guys at the same time. I am looking forward to another national duty and I can’t wait to make our Zimbabwe fans happy,” he said.


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