HARARE – Bantu Rovers defender Tapiwa Kumbuyani believes it is high time the Bulawayo side started winning matches if they are to avoid relegation from the Castle Lager Premiership at the end of the season.
Tshintsha Guluva sit on a lowly 17th place on the log with only eight points from 16 matches and host city rivals Bulawayo City in an early kick-off at Luveve Stadium this afternoon at 1pm.
Methembe Ndlovu’s side have only won twice this season and have conceded a whooping 37 goals thus far.
Kumbuyani is fully aware that if they continue with this bad form, they will be playing in Zifa Southern Region Division One next season.
“I think it’s now time to turn around our season because as we approach the second round, it will be very tricky to win matches consistently,” Kumbuyani told the Daily News.
“Most teams will be now really pushing towards their objectives whether it’s going for the championship or trying to avoid relegation.
“So this means for us Bantu, most of the games will be difficult and we will have to pull up our socks.
“Everyone at the club is not pleased with the position where we are on the log and we have to push hard to climb up the ladder.”
Kumbuyani believes the match against Amakhosi will give them a perfect platform to launch their survival bid.
“Derby matches are always a tricky affair and at the end of the day it is the best team on the day that will win such matches,” the former CAPS United and Chapungu defender said.
“We just have to apply the things we have worked on in training during the week and make sure that we are the better team on the day.”
At times, Rovers display a good passing game but the youthful side is ultimately let down by their lack of experience in the top flight.
In their previous match against Dynamos, they were actually the better side during some periods but still ended up losing 2-0.
“The youngsters in the team are learning everyday and I’m sure they will finally get it right. Against Dynamos we really played well and it’s unfortunate that we could not score,” Kumbuyani said.
In the second match at the same venue, How Mine will host Harare City in a match scheduled to kick-off at 3pm.
The gold miners come into this match following a 1-0 away loss to Shabanie Mine last weekend.
That defeat to the Chinda Boys derailed Kelvin Kaindu’s side’s title push as it kept them in seventh place on the log with 25 points.
As for the Sunshine Boys, coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube will be hoping to get one over his former side How Mine.