MOTOR Action head coach Keagan Mumba has put his neck on the block this week and declared his side are championship material following their impressive 1-
0 win over title hot favourites Highlanders last weekend.
The Mighty Bulls have been enjoying a good run in recent weeks, and true to their form, they upset Bosso in a result that may open up the title chase.
Mumba says he expected his side to dominate Highlanders and was hardly surprised that they won. He said his side showed it had the same quality as Highlanders on a player-by-player analysis.
“We have got combinations that can win us the title,” he said. “You are talking of Prince Matore, who has played in Europe, you are talking of Edmore Mufema, who was top goal-scorer last year, you are talking of Eddie Tembo, who is a contender for a national team place, and you are also talking of Clement Matawu, who is enjoying his time.”
Mumba said his side’s revival was due to hard work and commitment. “It’s a question of football discipline, dedication and the professionalism that we put in,” he said.
“The players believe in themselves a lot more now. We are good travellers. Although we have not done too well at home, we have played well and notched good results away from home. That shows something about the quality in the side.”
The Zambian mentor said his side must keep on winning to put pressure on log leaders Highlanders.
“From now every point counts,” he added. “This is not the time to drop points. What we need to do is to play well and frustrate Highlanders.”
However, Mumba refused to rate his side and Highlanders as the only challengers for the league.
“We are all in the chase. Anyone in the top 10 can win the title. If you look at the gap, it’s not too big.”
Motor Action’s aptitude comes under test this weekend against Hwange at the Colliery, a match Mumba said his charges have to win to prove they can last the distance.
Tomorrow: Highlanders v Monomotapa (Barboufields), Lancashire Steel v Masvingo United (Baghdad), Mwana Africa v Zimbabwe Saints (Trojan).
Sunday: Hwange v Motor Action (Colliery), Chapungu v Dynamos (Ascot), Railstars v Caps United (Luveve), Shabanie Mine v Buymore (Maglas), Shooting Stars v Black Rhinos (Rufaro).