Ngezi Platinum Stars coach, Tonderai Ndiraya, has said that his team played one of their worst games when they lost to Yadah FC at the National Sports Stadium in Harare on Saturday.
The CAF Confederation Cup participants succumbed to a 1-0 loss to Yadah FC courtesy of a 13th minute free kick by Brian Chikwenya.
“. . . I’m very-very disappointed in the way we conducted ourselves today. I think to be quite honest and frank, this is one of our worst games we have played. We would need to really pull our socks up and get back to our best before we play CAPS United (next match) and I’m afraid there isn’t much time to do that,” Ndiraya told journalists after the match.
Ngezi have won their last three premier league matches since the beginning of the season four week ago and registered their first defeat at the hands of Yadah. They are the current log leaders ahead of FC Platinum who have a game in hand.
“What you want as a team if you want to progress is to pick up points, especially when you are in control of the game.
“But such is football, we have lost, that has happened, we just have to look up and move forward. We look forward to our next opponent which is a very difficult match. We are playing CAPS United at home, we just have to be strong and try and get a result against the league champions. It’s not going to be easy, but that is football, that is part of the game, we just have to soldier on.
“We just have to work on the mental side of the game of our players and perhaps make sure that we get a result at home. But I’m truly-truly disappointed. This doesn’t show a performance from a team which has been participating in Africa. We were slow in everything, we ran out of ideas, like I said, and it’s really disappointing.
“But look, they scored a goal from a set piece which we could have defended better, but we let them score what I would call a very soft goal and they went on to defend the whole game and here they are; they have gotten a result; we have nothing and we just have to go home empty handed and we have to plan for the next game,” he said.
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