Spying Rollers invades Phikwe
Nico United Chairperson Mothusi Taolo is confident his side is ready to take on the mighty Township Rollers in their be-Mobile Premiership first round clash at the Selibi Phikwe Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Nico, smarting from a 3-2 loss to elite league newcomers Green Lovers, will be hoping to improve on their performance, whilst Rollers will be looking to continue their fine start to the season after humiliating BDF XI 4-1 last weekend.
“We are ready for Rollers. We are going through our preparations as we would for any Premiership team. On match day we will be ready to get a good result against Rollers,” Taolo told Voice Sport late Wednesday afternoon.
Asked to explain how he expected his Nico to beat the mighty blues after losing to debutants Green Lovers Taolo said: “It is difficult to play against a team that has just been promoted as you know almost nothing about them which makes them unpredictable. As for Rollers it is easier to prepare for them as we know what to expect,” The Nico boss went on to say that the team has no injury worries.
On another note Taolo appealed to Nico supporters and well wishers to come in numbers and rally behind the club.
“The boys need support from the stands to perform and get a result,” the Nico chairperson said.
For his part Rollers Coach Mark Harrison also said his team would be ready for the Nico challenge at the weekend and have done some spy work in preparation for the game.
“We had somebody watching Nico last weekend. We have an idea of how they play and this will help us with our preparations,” he said.
The Rollers mentor added that he is taking nothing for granted and says Nico’s loss to Green Lovers will count for nothing and may go a long way in making Nico a deadly opponent.
“They lost last week and they are going to be dangerous. They are wounded and will be looking to get the three points. We expect a tough game and we will be prepared for that,” he told Voice Sport.
Harrison who in a post match interview after the annihilation of BDF XI last weekend expressed dissatisfaction with his team’s performance expects his charges to up their performance when they play Nico:
“The result against BDF XI was terrific but I was not happy with the level of performance. We came short of the standards we have set for ourselves. Against BDF XI we played at about 50% of the standards we have set for ourselves. Its’ work in progress and we will hopefully raise our level of play against Nico.”
Quizzed about injuries and knocks in his squad ahead of their trip to Phikwe, the Rollers mentor seemed not worried as he told Voice Sport: “We have a quality squad of and I’m confident we have the necessary cover if the need arises,” Harrison said.
Kick-off is 15hrs30.