WITH three draws and a single win in their last four outings, Zifa Southern Region Division One side Mainline FC are eager to keep up the tempo until the end of the season to bolster their chances of surviving relegation.
Addressing players and the technical team after a one-all draw against Arenel FC in Plumtree last Saturday, club co-director Jonathan Ndlovu said it was imperative for the team to turn the corner and start winning games consistently to avoid the chop.
“In as much as we appreciate that you have picked up six points from a possible 12 points, it’s also important that we start winning games consistently instead of the draws that we have been getting lately.
“We are sitting on ninth position, which is better than lingering in the relegation zone but we need to make sure that we pick up crucial points especially at home so that we are guaranteed of playing Division One football again next season. The people of Plumtree will never forgive us if their team is relegated,” said Ndlovu.
Mainline FC beat Binga Pirates 2-1 before the league took a two-week mid-season break and followed up with a one all draw against Moto Moto – a Zimbabwe National Army owned side – in Hwange.
The team went on to draw 2-2 at home in Plumtree against Ajax Hotspurs before settling for a yet another 1-1 stalemate with Arenel at Dingumuzi Stadium in the border town.
Assistant coach Siza Mguni reckons the players need to believe in themselves, that they can beat any team in the First Division league.
“The second half of the season is the toughest because the majority of teams come back from the mid-season break stronger and always fight to either win the league or survive relegation.
“We need to show mental strength in all our games, show the other teams that we have what it takes to beat the best,” said Mguni.
The team travels to Mosi Rovers for their next assignment over the weekend.