Bucks upbeat up the table
For just about the first time this season, Mthatha Bucks find themselves off the foot of the table, the club determined to maintain the status quo.
Saturday afternoon’s 2-1 win over Moroka Swallows meant that once all the weekend NFD action had been completed, Amathol’amnyama find themselves in 14th place, one point above African Warriors and four above Swallows.
With 11 games to go, there will be no place for complacency, Bucks determined to build on their recent progress and further improve their standing, says General Manager Luxolo Matikinca (pictured above right with head coach Eddie Dyaloyi).
“It was a big relief to finally move out the relegation zone, and it’s brought about a renewed sense of self-belief in the players and everyone at the club,” said Matikinca.
“We have shown recently that we can get points away from home. Swallows are not a bad side at all, they have perhaps been unlucky. So to go there, to their backyard, and to grind out a win, was very encouraging.
“Even when we were not winning, we kept ourselves in the hunt by picking up single points. So that when we did win, we were able to move up a few places up the table.
“People have been talking about us and Swallows for relegation. But the teams above us have also been sitting still, teams like Thanda, Vasco, FC Cape Town are all within three points of us,” added Matikinca, who is also proud of Bucks’ home record.
“I think the last time we lost at home was on November 7, to Royal Eagles. We must again thank our supporters for the fantastic support; we hope they continue to rally behind the team and we will do our best to get the results and make them proud.”