Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
1 minute read
15 Jan 2016
10:31 am

Aces not focusing on winning the league

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Mpumalanga Black Aces goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane says the team are not focusing on winning the league ahead of their top-of-the-table clash with Bidvest Wits at Bidvest Stadium tonight.

Jackson Mabokgwane (Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix)

Aces have a chance to leapfrog the Clever Boys with a win tonight, as they trail Wits by only two points, but Mabokgwane says there is still a long way to go before the league ends. And as a club, they have set themselves short-term goals instead.

“Our main objective is to win the Q-Innovation,” said the Bafana Bafana stopper. “We have 12 points from our last five games. After the Wits game, we will be left with three games to surpass Sundowns (Mamelodi), who are on 13 points from their last five games.”

The Q-Innovation looks at the team’s last eight games. Whichever team gets the most points from those matches pockets R1.5 million and that is what Black Aces are aiming for.

“We are not really focused on what would happen at the end, it is all about taking one game a time. That is what our coach (Muhsin Ertugral) has been telling us every day at training and it has helped us a lot in doing well so far in the league.”

The shot-stopper says AmaZayoni’s preparations for the encounter have been going well and everyone is geared up for the match. And they will be expecting a tough encounter from the Clever Boys, who have proved to be serious title contenders themselves.

“We are all in high spirits; we can’t wait for the game. But looking at the way Wits have been playing, we are expecting a tough match, there is no doubt about that.”

Mabokgwane also added that he has been working hard at training to regain his No 1 spot at the club, which has been snatched up by veteran keeper Shu-Aib Walters.