Lions aim to cut errors in second leg

2010-03-19 00:00

AFTER his team put on a gallant show in coming back to score two vital away goals against Mpumalanga Black Aces in Witbank on Wednesday night, Nathi Lions coach Mlungisi “Professor” Ngubane is set to focus on minimising costly mistakes.

Durban-based Lions have one foot in the National First Division promotional play-offs finals after holding Aces 2-2 in an enthralling encounter.

But the way they conceded goals so early in the game left much to be desired, and Ngubane has decided he will focus on his defence in preparation for what could be an onslaught from Aces.

They meet in the second leg at Chatsworth Stadium on Wednesday.

“To come and play a draw against a PSL team in their own back yard really deserves praise. However, we still have a lot of work to do, like reshaping our defence, as we expect Aces to come at us strongly,” said Ngubane.

The veteran mentor promised to park a bus in front of their goals next on Wednesday.

“Our game plan will be simply to just stop them from scoring an early goal. We know if they fail to score a goal, then the result will be in our favour,” added Ngubane.

Amabhubesi will be without key defender Senzo “Skhulu” Mkhwanazi, who picked up a yellow card in the Aces game.

Piwe Sigwili might be drafted to partner Ivorian Kofi Konan and Nhlanhla Mncube at defence.

The winner between Lions and Aces will face the emergent victors between Black Leopards and African Warriors, who also meet on Wednesday in Qwaqwa.

Leopards take a healthy 4-0 lead to the Free State, making themselves favourites to play in the final.

Lions are bidding to become the fourth side from KwaZulu-Natal to campaign in the top-flight division. They will join Maritzburg United, AmaZulu FC and Lamontville Golden Arrows.

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