Tornado will push for all their worth

Action speaks louder than words, says Tornado coach Tshepo Motsoeneng, and their goalscoring feats certainly prove that mantra. They are now gunning for the league title this season.

USING THEIR HEADS: EC Bees striker Teboho Moeti, left, and Tornado’s Thabiso Mikaele are airborne during their ABC Motsepe League encounter at Bhisho Stadium over the weekend, where Bees won 2-1. Tornado will be out to redeem themselves against Swartkops Picture: SIBONGILE NGALWA

Tornado have maintained their position at the summit of the ABC Motsepe League log-standings after having scored 27 goals in the 10 matches. The Mdantsane-based outfit had a stunning unbeaten run until they lost 2-1 to their archrivals EC Bees, last year’s winners, at the Bhisho Stadium.

While they are sitting on 25 points after having won eight games, and losing one and drawing one, they are going to face Swartkops Valley United Brothers – who are at 11th position with 11 points – at the NU2 Stadium in Motherwell today.

“We are focusing on our next two encounters, so we can make sure we steal the six points up for grabs so that we can enjoy our summer break,” said Motsoeneng.

“Our mission was to go home having 34 points but I don’t think we will get there – but I don’t see us relinquishing number one either.

“And going into the game against Swartkops – it’s going to be tough.

“They have mixed results – they went to play EC Bees and they were more defensive.

“I was taken back by their approach, I thought if they had pushed numbers forward and see what happens, unlike sitting back and trying to absorb pressure.

“You can’t do that with quality players because they cracked and the Bees scored.”

Being at the summit was also a challenge, said Motsoeneng because their opponents always brought their A-game to test their opposition.

“I hope it’s a high-scoring game.

“It’s a good thing we have been winning away from home, and next season we can’t be complacent and say things will be easy when we are playing at home.”

Motsoeneng said their ambition to win the league was yet to change – even though the third-tier league clubs including Tornado would face a difficult time after December, as their players were being poached by teams all over the country to play festive season tournaments.

“There’s tournaments all over now, and in our league we don’t have money to pay our players and then players see an opportunity and they go and play in those tournaments.

“Immediately they go play in those tournaments their teams start to have problems because they come back with injuries after having played a lot of games without any rest.

“If you check my squad, I don’t have many guys from around East London – so it’s gonna be a difficult time for me.”

Nevertheless, Motsoeneng put their rivalry with EC Bees “Crazy Gang” aside and wished them good luck in their Nedbank Cup quest.

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