Black Leopards co-caretaker coach Morgan Shivambu says they plan to take matters into their own hands in their last three matches of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) promotion/relegation play-offs to avoid finding themselves having to rely on other teams.
In their first game of the play-offs, Leopards beat Ajax Cape Town 1-0 on Wednesday at FNB Stadium.
Both sides are level on three points at the top of the log standings with Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM), who are yet to register a win at the bottom.
Shivambu is naturally eager to get the job done and believes a victory against Limpopo rivals TTM on Saturday at the Bidvest Stadium will see his side edge closer to retaining their status in the Premiership.
“In the play-offs, it is only four games, so in the first game we got three points, in the second game if we get another three points, that will put us on six and from there it is going to be easy for us,” said Shivambu.
“We want to make things easy for ourselves, we don’t want to rely on other opponents, here we need to do it ourselves,” he added.
The Leopards caretaker coach went on to proclaim that teams in the second-tier league lack composure in front of goal after Ajax missed a plethora of great chances to score the equaliser.
“GladAfrica Championship teams can run for the whole 90 minutes, our aim was to get a point. Ajax had five chances and they didn’t convert and that’s the difference.
“If we had those chances, I believe we were going to convert them so that’s the difference between the GladAfrica teams and the Premiership teams,” concluded Shivambu.
Only on five occasions in the 15 previous playoffs has the club that finished 15th in the Premiership managed to see off the challenge of the GladAfrica Championship teams.
Maritzburg United (2019), Baroka (2017)‚ Polokwane City (2014)‚ Mpumalanga Black Aces (2010) and AmaZulu in (2007).
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By FARPost Reporter