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Warriors' coach not happy despite win

By Matome Lebea | Aug 31, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

AFRICAN Warriors' coach Ian Palmer said his boys are still struggling to find rhythm in the National First Division (NFD) Inland Stream despite their good display on Saturday.

Palmer was speaking to Sowetan after his side registered a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Winnerspark at the University of Limpopo's Oscar Mpetha Stadium.

"We are still working on the players' fitness level, and one can not be entirely happy with our performance today. I want to ensure that we excel in all departments, and I think it is just a matter of time before we show our real character. We are still trying to click considering that we have signed 13 new players just two weeks ago," Palmer said.

The former Orlando Pirates assistant coach said they allowed Winnerspark to frustrate them as they did not allow his charges to play according to plans.

Winnerspark's stand-in coach Alex "Barnes" Bapela conceded that they played below par and that their panic attitude attributed to their defeat. "Our players lost possession unnecessarily and this is something that we need to address immediately. We created numerous scoring chances but only managed to convert two of them."

Bapela will be replaced by Amajimbos coach Solly Luvhengo, who was with the national under-17 team in Mozambique yesterday.

Keanan Thomas scored twice and Bulelani Matroos, pictured, added another one for Warriors as they chalked-up their second victory of the season.

The home side scored through Eric Ramavhale from a penalty spot in the second minute of the match. Civil Matsebula scored the second in the 18th minute.

l Elsewhere, Inland Stream log leaders Black Leopards pipped the league's new boys Batau 1-0 at Tshifulanani grounds.

l In the Coastal Stream, Nathi Lions and FC Cape Town played to a 1-all draw at LC Smith Stadium, while Vasco da Gama registered their first victory of the season when they beat Mark Fish's Thanda Royal Zulu 1-0 at Parow Park Stadium.


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