Monday, March 8, 2021

Ezinkomo finding their rhythm

BMC head coach Daniel ‘Chicco’ Nare says he is happy with the way his side has bounced back in the past two games of the Be MOBILE Premier League from a five game loss jinx.

After failing to register a win in all five opening games, BMC which has been mired in boardroom politics made an impressive comeback hammering Tafic 4-2 in Lobatse last weekend before beating Orapa United 3-2 away in Orapa last Tuesday.

BMC kicked off their campaign later than other sides as they were still involved in a high-profile ownership case at the High Court. This sees Ezinkomo behind other sides with five games having managed to play only seven games. BMC lie second from the bottom with nine points from two wins and three draws. This afternoon, BMC travel to Molepolole Sports Stadium to take on rookies Wonder Sporting Club.

Nare believes that the two wins will serve as a morale-booster for his side going forward. “It has not been easy for us considering that we started our season late. The two wins against TAFIC and Orapa have helped in lifting the spirit in the camp. The players have confidence now which makes things a lot easier for the technical team. The combinations are coming up now that the players understand each other better. At the moment we’re taking each game as it comes,” he said.

It is the return to the starting line-up of Zimbabwean hit man Sageby Sandaka which has helped the Lobatse side return to winning form. Sandaka rattled the net three times against TAFIC and currently has six goals to his credit. Sandaka missed the opening two games of the season as he was still held up by family commitments in Zimbabwe. “He (Sandaka) is our main man upfront but I’m still not happy with his level of fitness because he can’t play for 90 minutes. We’ll continue working on his fitness; the good thing is that he has responded positively. The other player who is still struggling to play the entire game is Kena (Mani),” he added.

Almost a week ago, BMC added decorated South African veteran midfielder Benedict Vilakazi to their line-up. The nippy midfielder was handed a free clearance after Notwane failed to honour their contract and he immediately penned down a year deal with Ezinkomo. He made his debut against Orapa United. “We’re happy that he has joined the team and we’ll benefit from his experience. I used him in the last five minutes against Orapa because we were under pressure and I wanted to wind up time. He is still far from full fitness because he was inactive at Notwane before joining us,” Nare pointed out.

Meanwhile, Nare has shown displeasure at the way Botswana Premier League (BPL) has fixtured them in the coming week. On Tuesday BMC take on Township Rollers before battling it out with Gaborone United on Thursday. “We know we’re behind in terms of games but we can’t have such a schedule. FIFA Statues explain that the players must have 48 hours rest before the next game. This is not fair on us because the players face a risk of getting injuries,” he said.

BPL chief Bennett Mamelodi said that BMC will have to deal with the schedule because the league has to be finished on time. “We sympathize with them but there is nothing we can do,” he said.

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