Julius Dube, Nathi Lions' coach, says his charges might have started this season on a hobbling note but they have the ability to avoid relegation from the Mvela Golden League.
Dube made this observation after their 3-2 win over Dynamos at Giyani Stadium on Sunday. The win lifted Lions from 14th position to 12th on the log, while the defused Dynamites dropped from fourth spot to sixth.
"It was not an easy match against Dynamos, but my players were equal to the task," Dube said. "We played as a unit and if we can continue to play like we did against Dynamos, we will surprise many teams this season. The spirit is very high in the camp and we can't wait for our next match."
Dynamos' officials could not be reached for comment because they were said to be in a meeting with their technical staff yesterday.
Elsewhere on Sunday, in-form Fidentia Rangers caused a stir when they beat log leaders Free State Stars 3-2 at the University of Stellenbosch Stadium in Cape Town.
Ea lla Koto, who are still on top of the log despite the setback, surprised Rangers with two goals from Matome Madimabe and Diyo Sibisi in the first half.
But Rangers replied in the second stanza through Aubin Takuchie, who struck twice, and Kurt Lentjies.
City Pillars pipped PJ Stars 2-1 in a match at NkowaNkowa Stadium, also on Sunday.