EC Bees coach Chippa Njedu wants to use their third-tier league fixture against Bizana Pondo Chiefs tomorrow at Bhisho Stadium to give his young stars more game time.
Njedu said he was preparing for their campaign next season and hammering Chiefs was not imperative.
But he cautioned that if Chiefs were not prepared for a battle they might be put to shame by his young guns.
Bees are sitting at second position on the logstandings with 44 points after 12 wins, with eight draws and three losses.
“The boys want to prove they can play in the National First Division.
“And that’s why the most important thing for us right now is to see if we have a team or not for next season.
“We are focusing on the youngsters, so I’ll give them a chance to play against Chiefs – they’ll make up most of the team.
“But still if you’re playing them – they should have some sort of guidance in the pitch because they still need to learn from the experienced guys because at the top of our minds is checking our combinations for next season,” said Njedu.
The most decorated coach in the provincial third-tier league said his objective was to promote the “Crazy Gang” next season, hence winning their remaining four games was a priority.
“I feel great about having a huge chunk of U19 players in the team because that means next season we’ll be choosing from a pool of players.
“Because even last season I said we would win the league and we did win it, and now everywhere I go people are telling me that this team doesn’t belong in this league – we need to move up.
“But then everyone wants to beat Bees because we just played against Mamelodi Sundowns but to us that doesn’t matter.”
Njedu said they were not worried about not winning unless they played a team who gave them a hard time in the first round of the league.
“For instance Lion City – I told them that they owe us big time. So we needed to make sure we scored three or more goals against them and we managed to beat them 4-0.
“Even Butterworth did frustrate us in the first round because we drew 1-1 against them away. But the game we lost against [Future] Tigers was nothing to be worried about.
“Because we’ve been beating them [Future Tigers] so there were no hard feelings, hence I decided to play the young guns, but then with problematic sides I just play my first team,” said Njedu.
Other fixtures: PE Stars v Future Tigers (Saints Grounds, Gelvandale), Butterworth v Highbury (WSU Sports Field, Butterworth), Try Again v Lion City (Ginsberg Field), Tornado v Spear (North End Stadium, EL), Swartkops Valley United Brothers v Matta Milan (NU2 Stadium, Motherwell).