Log leaders Manica Diamonds’ stability test

14 Jun, 2024 - 00:06 0 Views
Log leaders Manica Diamonds’ stability test Ticha Zikai

 

Ray Bande
Senior Reporter

CASTLE Lager Premiership log leaders, Manica Diamonds FC, will get to know if the two week’s break did not disturb their rhythm when they face Yadah Stars FC at Heart Stadium in Harare tomorrow (Saturday).

The Castle Lager Premiership resumes this weekend with fixtures lined up at different match venues across the country.

 

Manica Diamonds have been on a roll prior to the international break – going on an impressive nine match unbeaten run – in which they won eight of the league matches and drew one.

Their coach, Jairos ‘JT’ Tapera, was with the national team in South Africa for the World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho and South Africa respectively.

 

The Warriors put up a dismal performance and lost the two matches 0-2 and 1-3 respectively.

The veteran mentor will be back in the dugout at Heart Stadium in Harare when his team faces Yadah Stars.

The Gem Boys will resume the league season action without the services of talented right back, Lawrence Masibera who is on suspension for accumulating two yellow cards.

Team manager, Ticha Zikai conceded that the break came at a time when the team was playing well, and given a choice, they would have opted otherwise.

“Obviously, the break came at a time when the team had gelled well and was winning matches, both at home and away. Given a choice, the break is not something that we would have wanted.

“Anyone who was playing the way we were playing would not have wanted that break. It disturbs the rhythm of the team. However, this is something that is beyond us, and we will have to continue from where we left,” said Zikai.

The veteran team manager, who has served in the same capacity at Eastern Lions and Buffaloes in the top-flight league, said they managed to keep their players under check during the break, on and off the field of play.

“We tried our best to keep our players fit for the duration of the break as well as keeping them under check on and off the field of play. At the end of the day, we can only try to make them understand that it is their careers at stake.

“Like they say, you can only take a donkey to the river, but cannot make it drink. In the same vein, we hope the lessons that we always try to give them will be well understood,” he said.

Zikai said they started training on Tuesday, and everyone is in good shape and raring to take on their next opponent.

“We regrouped for normal training session on Tuesday, and the players have been responding well. It has been the usual training sessions since then.

“The good thing is that everyone is in good shape. Morale in the camp is high as it has always been. All things being equal, I do not see our performance being affected negatively,” said Zikai.

 

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