CONRAD Billy Rautenbach-owned GreenFuel coach, Rodwell Dhlakama is not losing sleep over the need to make additions to his squad during the transfer window and he believes his mission to evade the relegation chop is on the rails.
GreenFuel breathed life into their battle against relegation when they dispatched struggling Black Rhinos 1-0 in a Castle Lager Premiership match played at Gibbo Stadium in Triangle last weekend.
The Chisumbanje-based outfit scored on the stroke of half-time and managed to hold on to the slender lead for the remainder of the match to take their points tally to nine after 10 matches.
Last Saturday’s victory lifted the Ethanol Boys into 15th position from 17th.
Dhlakama assumed duty at the Chisumbanje-based GreenFuel after the technical department led by Lloyd Mutasa and Bekithemba Ndlovu was shown the exit.
At that point, Boys Dzenharo, as they are fondly referred to by their fans in the Lowveld, was rooted at the basement of the 18-team Castle Lager Premiership table with only two points to show after six rounds of league matches.
GreenFuel started life under Dhlakama with a date against fellow debutants, Simba Bhora away at the National Sports Stadium in Harare and to his credit, the match ended in the club’s first triumph of the season.The former Young Warriors coach, said he is taking a phased approach to his work at GreenFuel.
Dhlakama said he is satisfied with the progress that they have made so far.
“I can say I am going through my first phase of my mission here at GreenFuel and this is mainly centred on observation. I am assessing the players, judging their suitability and abilities in their positions. I am almost through with this.
“In my second phase, I want to try and manipulate what is there to get the results we need. In the third phase, I will be judging whether there is need for reinforcement.
“As of progress, I think I am happy with the adaptation of the players to our training methods and tactics. What they need to do now is to have confidence in their abilities. When you get beaten over and over again, you lose confidence. We are working hard to restore their confidence,” said the former Ngezi Platinum coach.
Asked about his targets during the transfer window, given the fact that he inherited a squad that he was not part to its formation, Dhlakama, said: “The current squad is fine. I will play around the players available. There are very experienced squad members and team players.”
The Chisumbanje-based side found the going tough in their maiden appearance in the country’s top-flight after anchoring the table after six rounds of fixtures, with just two points, resulting in some changes in the technical department.
Mutasa was initially reassigned from GreenFuel head coach to the technical director after just one match.
However, this did not result in any change of fortunes for the club after his successor, Bekithemba Ndlovu also failed to win a single match.
The GreenFuel leadership decided to fire both Mutasa and Ndlovu before appointing Dhlakama.