Ngezi Platinum Stars coach Tonderayi Ndiraya believes it’s now time for his players to stand up and be counted if they are to wrestle the league title from FC Platinum.

Madamburo ceded more ground to the Zvishavane based side last Sunday by losing 1-0 to Yadah and fell five points behind the log leaders.

But Ndiraya thinks the negative attitude of his players has been the biggest let down as they seem to be complacent against the so-called smaller teams like Mutare City and lately Yadah to give their title race rivals the breathing space.

“When we play the big teams, the players seem to raise their game, but when we play these small ones they get complacent. We still have 21 points to play for, and we are five points behind, There is quite a lot to work for. What we only need is consistent and a change in attitude from the players,” said Ndiraya.

“When we are a few points behind and facing a smaller team, the players relax and fail to rise to the occasion. We only need to make sure that the gap is not increasing.”

Ngezi will be hoping not to repeat what they did last season when they fizzled in the heat of the campaign in the final matches and dropped points to finish in the third position having led for the better part of the second half.

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