After a disappointing 6-3 loss to relegation-threatened Uniao Flamengo Santos last weekend, Nico United have switched their attention to this afternoon’s clash against another struggling side, Notwane.
The sides meet at the SSKB Stadium in Mogoditshane and Nico United head coach Kenneth Mogae says he expects his side to go for the kill.
“Football is a funny game because against Santos had eight chances and they scored six. The other two came off the bar. We created countless chances but we failed to covert and we ended on the losing side. That is football for you when you get punished for your mistakes. It is a game where things didn’t go well for us,” says Mogae.
He pointed out that this week their focus has not been on the negatives from the previous game but on the positives.
Mogae who is believed to be one of the best motivators in local football said that they would come with all cylinders firing at the army barracks today.
“We need to move forward and the best way is to beat Notwane. It is not going to be an easy game but we’ll have to do our best to win. Notwane are in a precarious position but we’ll have to add to their misery,” he adds. Mogae says their intention is to finish among the top eight and thus they would approach their remaining games with a different attitude.
Ahead of their date with Toronto, Mogae boasts of a full squad. The loss to Santos shocked the football fraternity especially that Nico United have proven to be a difficult side when playing at home.
The embarrassment is said to have prompted the club’s executive to call an emergency meeting to enquire what could have gone wrong on the day.
The defeat has left Majombolo with 30 points with six games left.
This afternoon, Majombolo will once again rely on their talisman Topo Piet who has eight goals to his credit. When he is on fire, Piet can torment any defence.
On the other hand, Notwane will be looking forward to consolidating their position in the Premier League.
Toronto find themselves lying in the relegation zone with 22 points accumulated from 24 games.
In their previous four games, Notwane have collected a single point in their goalless draw against Mochudi Centre Chiefs.
While many commentators have written Toronto off, Notwane head coach, Innocent Morapedi, said at the end of their game against Rollers that all is not lost. He said that they would keep on fighting.