‘Manica Diamonds not relegation material’

01 Nov, 2019 - 00:11 0 Views
‘Manica Diamonds not relegation material’ SEARING HEAT. . .The current heat wave has seen football players being given water breaks after every 30 minutes during a match. Manica Diamonds’ players are pictured here having a water break during their Chibuku Super Cup quarter-final encounter against ZPC Kariba at Vengere Stadium on Sunday. - (Picture by Ray Bande).

The ManicaPost

Fungayi Munyoro Sports Correspondent
MANICA Diamonds caretaker coach Johannes Nhumwa believes that his side will not be relegated at the end of this season.

In an interview after his team’s one-all draw against Harare Giants Dynamos in a mid-week game played at Vengere Stadium on Wednesday, Nhumwa said his charges will survive relegation this season.

The former Masvingo United gaffer said he has never thought of relegation as he believes in his charges.

“It has become clearer that we are not relegation material. We are at a respectful position and we hope to finish better. The boys are playing good football despite the fact that we are new boys in the league. I do not see us being booted out this season. If there is a thing that I have never dreamt of is relegation because I believe in my players. My boys will still be in the league, come next season,” he said.

Manica Diamonds and Dynamos played a one-all-draw in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Vengere Stadium on Wednesday.

The match lived up to its billing and gave fans value for their money despite failing to produce a winner.

Dynamos opened the account in the 55 minute through Sean Gona.

Manica Diamonds were quick to reply and levelled matters through Last “Lala” Jesi ten minutes later.

Dynamos coach Tonderai Ndiraya conceded that it was a tough encounter.

“It was not an easy game. Though a draw is not enough for us, at times I feel it is better considering where we are coming from as a team,” he said.

His opposite number Johannes Nhumwa was happy with the result though he said they were shifting focus to the next game against Ngezi Platinum.

“We played well and now I am shifting focus to our next game. We will be playing Ngezi Platinum on Saturday. We hope to up our game and come up with good results. We are going there to fight and I know it is not going to be easy,” he said.

The Gem Boys will travel to Ngezi Platinum for a date scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday).

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