BORDER Strikers have lost all their five league matches so far, this season and are yet to score but coach Saul Chaminuka has remained hopeful of recovery.
The Beitbridge side’s latest setback was Sunday’s 1-0 defeat by Caps United at the National Sports Stadium.
Making their maiden PSL campaign more complicated is unrest in their camp, that has seen players staging a strike in protest over unpaid salaries and signing-on fees.
They have also been playing their home matches at an adopted Maglas Stadium in Zvishavane, after their Dulubadzimu home ground was condemned by the PSL as below standards to host elite league games. But Chaminuka is adamant of resurgence starting with their hosting of Hwange next Sunday.
“It has been a tough ride for us so far. As a coach you expect little when there is total chaos in camp,” Chaminuka said.
“You will be battling to motivate players because their focus would have been disturbed by off-field events. We have also been travelling a lot and that has not been helping us in terms of fatigue. But such is football.
“Sometimes you will try to make those challenges a motivation that will make players want to prove a point. You can see that we are matching every side although at the end of the day good results are not coming our way.
“Look at the way we stretched Caps United and we also did the same for Chicken Inn. That shows we are a competitive side and we will rise. We are now looking forward to our next game which I believe can be the start for good things for us.”
Their last four matches have ended in identical 1-0 defeats after they opened their campaign with a 2-0 loss away at ZPC Kariba.
Chaminuka however boasts, in his squad, players with top-flight football experience like Young Warriors midfielder Livingstone Genti, Ephraim Mwinga, Mike Variso, Kudzanayi Kwashi and Tendai Mukambi.