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We must go for the kill – Phiri

Having failed to capitalize on their game against their strongest rivals for the Debswana First Division North League title, ECCO City Greens head coach Texan Phiri has vowed to go for the kill in last two league assignments.

Phiri and his charges failed to take full charge of the league table last Saturday after playing to a nil-all draw against log leaders Mahalapye Hotspurs FC at a fully packed Francistown city council stadium.

Now the former premiership champions are trailing the Mahalapye based outfit with two points in a title race that is destined for a photo finish. Both clubs are left with two games to play before the winner of the title is declared.

Hotspurs will be playing against TAFIC Sporting Club at the Zebras’ slaughterhouse, Francistown Sports Complex this (Saturday) afternoon while the green stomachs of Francistown will be up against a tricky Tsabotlhe FC at the Francistown stadium.

After today’s matches, ECCO will play Kazungula Young Fighters FC at home in the last game of the season. On the other hand, Hotspurs will be away to fulfill a fixture against the already relegated Palapye All Stars.

In order to win automatic promotion to the biggest league on the land, Phiri has vowed to go for a jugular in his last two assignments. The Zambian-born gaffer wants to collect maximum points in both games.

“We do not have a choice but to go for the kill,” beamed the mentor, who was born and bred in Zambia’s commercial capital of Lusaka some five decades ago. The former Green Buffaloes FC defender said his boys have to take full home advantage as their last assignments are at home.

“Playing home has got advantages. And it is my fervent hope that the boys will utilize home ground advantage to the fullest. We have to collect the six points without fail,” said the belly gaffer.

50-year-old Phiri, who for the better part of his coaching career has been plying his trade in the valley nation of Swaziland, said he is optimistic that he will be shouting instructions to his boys while playing in the topflight.

If ECCO fails to clinch automatic promotion to the be-MOBILE Premiership, Phiri remains optimistic that the Malepa Bolelang skipped outfit will gain join the big league through promotional playoffs.

Debswana First Division North League Secretary General Rapula Gaotlhobogwe said the committee has decided to fixture the title chasers at the same time to avoid incidents of match fixing.

“Our intention for the Hotspurs/TAFIC and ECCO/Tsabotlhe games start and end at the same time,” said Gaotlhobogwe, adding that it is all system going for the wrapping up of the 2015/16 lower division league.

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