Warriors face tough times

2016-02-10 06:00
FEELING THE HEAT. Thami Ngubane, mentor to the African Warriors, says his troops will pull up their socks and escape relegation. Photo: Tladi Moloi

FEELING THE HEAT. Thami Ngubane, mentor to the African Warriors, says his troops will pull up their socks and escape relegation. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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QWAQWA. – Thami Ngubane, mentor of the African Warriors, is skating on thin ice as his outfit slowly crawls to the relegation zone of the National First Division (NFD).

Warriors are yet to register a win in 2016. As if that is not enough, they have dropped to position 13 on the log table.

They are just two and three points away from Mthatha Bucks, FC Cape Town and Moroka Swallows, who are sitting 14th, 15th and 16th respectively.

The toothless Maihlome Ihlasele recorded its third consecutive loss on Saturday (06/02), when the ten men of Witbank Spurs humiliated them on their home turf, Charles Mopeli Stadium, with a loss of 3-1.

The Kestell based outfit lost a game they could have easily won, but they decided to give Spurs three points, despite Thabo Makhele of Spurs getting his marching orders a few minutes before half time, giving the home team an advantage.

They went to the interval with 1-0 and equalised within 16 minutes in the second stanza, but failed to take control of the game, conceding two more goals to the ten men of Spurs.

Warriors last won a game on 7 November, when they beat Thanda Royal Zulu by 2-0 at the Charles Mopeli Stadium.

Since his arrival, Ngubane has only managed to collect 6 points out of the possible 24.

He guided the team to nine games – one in the cup and eight league games.

His team lost 3-1 on penalties to Black Leopards in the Nedbank preliminary round late last year at the Charles Mopeli Stadium. That was after both teams played to a 1-1 draw.

However, the former Royal Eagles mentor is turning a blind eye to the relegation axe that is looming over their heads, as he claims it is too early to press the panic button.

He is adamant that his troops will pull up their socks and escape the axe.

“We still have more games to play. We will keep working hard and hopefully luck will come our way.

“We played well against Spurs and we were just unlucky not to win the game. We dominated the game for 90 minutes but we couldn’t finish the chance that we created,” he said.

Their next game is away to Royal Eagles on Sunday, 14 February.

Ngubane said every game is a must win for them and they would make sure that they get things right going forward.

“Look, I am new at the team and, like I said when I arrived here, the team was not well organised and I had to change many things.

“Remember, Rome was not built in one day,” he said.

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