Mukudzei Chingwere Sports Reporter
DESPITE guiding Ngezi Platinum to four wins on the bounce, coach Tonderayi Ndiraya has said competition in the Castle Lager Premiership is very tight and nothing can be taken for granted.
Ndiraya and his Mhondoro miners have rolled past all the opposition this season with with victories over Herentals, Triangle, Dynamos and debutantes Nichrut.
Together with the likes of champions FC Platinum, Chicken Inn and CAPS United, Ndiraya and his men have been touted as the early favourites for the league’s ultimate prize.
Ngezi Platinum invested heavily in a number of former Dynamos players who left the Glamour Boys in search of greener pastures.
Ndiraya, himself, is a former De- Mbare player and coach.
However, despite their good start to the campaign, Ndiraya said nothing can be taken for granted.
“We now look forward to our next match against Chicken Inn, at home, of course it is not an easy league, and you have got to fight hard,’’ he said.
“I am glad we are slowly accumulating points and it is important for us as a team to accumulate points at this stage of the season.
“I have always said we want to do better than last season.
“We finished third and obviously this year we are going for the big one and to do that these are the points we must be collecting on the road, we do not have any problems at home, we look different when we play at home.’’
Joey Antipas and his Gamecocks are expected to give Ndiraya arguably the biggest test they have faced this season.
Chicken Inn have also been doing very well they are unbeaten in the league in their opening four matches with three wins and their only setback being a scoreless stalemate against Nichrut.
Meanwhile, FC Platinum stand-in coach Lizwe Sweswe is happy with the progression of his team this season.
“We are playing well and I am happy with our performance so far as a team, at this stage of the season it is important to pick points there will be a lot of pressure as we go.
“We have new players and I am happy those new guys we added to the team are adjusting very well to the way we want to be playing,” said Sweswe.
The former Tsholotsho head coach has performed well since assuming the reins on an interim basis in the absence of the ailing coach Norman Mapeza who is recovering from a back surgery.