TopoNico United Coach Kenneth Mogae is hopeful that he can turn things around on Saturday when his side meetBDF XI in a Mascom Top 8 semi final second leg in Selibe Phikwe. 

United were humbled 5-2 in the first leg and to add salt to injury Matebele followed that up with 3-1 win in a league encounter last weekend.

Majombolo former coach Elijah Chikwanda who was rejected by his former employers has now become a head corner stone at XI.

In an interview with Voice Sport Mogae blamed the unusual mistakes committed by his players for the two consecutive losses.

“But this is football, anything is possible for as long as we do things right,” said the former Zebras mentor.

“From my technical point of view there is nothing BDF did to warrant five goals. Gift Moyo’s red card also contributed to our loss as we had to change our game plan,” Mogae said.

Although he said losing twice in a raw to the same opposition could affect his players psychologically: “It’s now water under the bridge; I talked to my players,” he said.Topo.

For her part Matebele Public Relations Officer Peo Keatlholetswe gave credit to the new coach Chikwanda who has twerked the team’s play since arriving.

“Our new signing Lesego Lubinda has also shown character scoring a hat-trick in his first cup game with us,” said Keatholetswe.

“We also have a solid defense and strong midfield which is going to make be very difficult to be broken down,” she said.

“We should have won this cup last year. Our problem was we won it before we even played the match, so are not going to repeat that same problem again,” Keatholetswe said.

BDF XI Captian Mokgathi Mokgathi said they will make sure they deny Nico possession while looking for that early goal.

“I do not see Nico coming back from this one,” he said.


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