Monomotapa coach Biggie Zuze has demanded consistency from his players as they travel to Bulawayo for a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League date with How Mine at Luveve Stadium this afternoon.
BY MICHAEL MADYIRA
The former champions have so far blown hot and cold in their start to the season after opening the term with a 3-2 defeat to Black Mambas on Good Friday, before sailing 2-1 past Buffaloes three days later.
Zuze takes his charges to face How Mine who have equally posted mixed results in their debut Premiership season.
The gold miners started with a 2-1 home win over fellow newboys Tripple B, before crashing to a 4-1 defeat to FC Platinum last Monday.
“It is always good that you work hard to maintain some level of consistency. Any minor slump means loss of points and that is not what we want for a serious club like us,” said Zuze.
“I am expecting a tough game against How Mine. They lost 4-1 in their last game, so they have a point to prove that they are no push-overs. I have respect for them because they have a very experienced squad. But we will win.”
Monoz welcome back central defender Morgan Mungombe who missed the first two matches due to a back problem.
With their defence put to severe test against Black Rhinos where they succumbed in the third minute of injury time, Zuze believes they have rectified their defensive shortcomings.
“I was not happy about what happened against Rhinos. We failed at the very last minute so we have been working on making the boys concentrate until the final whistle. I think we managed to implement that against Buffaloes where we defended well for the entire 90 minutes,” Zuze said.
The former Dynamos player gave special mention to new-acquisition Ishmael Lawe, who grabbed a brace against Buffaloes and tipped the striker to rise to the occasion today.
Elsewhere, Buffaloes host Hwange at Sakubva Stadium in a match both sides would be eager to pick up their first set of maximum points.
Buffaloes have been defeated all their two matches, while Hwange have drawn those games.