Tough run of fixtures tests Triangle

Triangle assistant coach, Biggie Zuze, said he was convinced that continuity would serve the Castle Lager Premiership pacesetters well this season, just as a looming series of tough fixtures looks set to test the sugar cane farmers' ability to sustain their fine run.

Triangle assistant coach, Biggie Zuze.
Triangle assistant coach, Biggie Zuze.

Triangle have so far enjoyed a flying start to the new campaign, and currently top the standings after four victories and a draw in their first five matches.

Zuze believed that fine run was due in part to the fact a team that remained largely unchanged from last season had begun to profit from the cohesion and solidity that comes with continuity.

“We are still using more or less the same players from last season and that continuity has helped us a lot because they know and understand each other well. It is important sometimes to be patient in this game,” said Zuze.

“We have been scoring goals, which is good, but our defence has also done very well. Our goalkeeper (Ronald) Mudimu has been outstanding since last season and so has been the partnership in central defence.”

Triangle are tied on 13 points with champions Dynamos, over whom they enjoy a superior goal difference.

But their big test begins on Saturday when they visit newcomers Flame Lily, whose position second from bottom after two draws and three defeats makes them even more dangerous as they seek their first victory of the campaign.

Nesbert Saruchera’s charges showed in their 1-0 defeat to Dynamos last week that they are no-pushovers, with the champions requiring a last-gasp goal to prevail.

But things will get trickier from then on for Triangle, who host Harare City before visiting inform Chicken Inn. Another potentially tough trip to FC Platinum awaits in round 10.

Triangle’s four victories have come against winless Hwange, whom they beat 5-2 in Week One, struggling Chapungu, newcomers Dongo, and troubled CAPS United.

After surviving the chop on the very last day in each of the last two seasons, Triangle’s performances in the next five matches should give a clearer picture of whether they are truly geared to be involved in matters at the opposite end of the table this time around.

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