Toto Africa coach remains hopeful to avoid relegation

10Nov 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Toto Africa coach remains hopeful to avoid relegation

TOTO Africans’ coach Tim Jost believes his team has what it takes to maintain its place in the Mainland premier league, much as the team has finished at the bottom of th standings.

TOTO Africans

The Mwanza outfit managed a 1-1 draw with JKT Ruvu at the latter’s venue, Mabatini ground, in Coast Region on November 6. The visitors scored the game’s opener midway through the first half and Ruvu equalised early in the second half.

The draw has left Toto in the bottom spot with 12 points from 15 outings, winning three, losing nine games and registering draw in the remaining games.

Jost disclosed his team’s defence is in great shape but there is a need to strengthen the striking force in a bid to register goals, win games and scale up the league’s standings.

“I’m sure we will. When you look our match against Azam, we were the better team, we only have to change a few things and then I’m sure we will survive in the league,” Jost said.

He added that Toto Africans will seek to reinforce the squad by roping few new players during the mid-season transfer window but the move will depend on the team’s budget.

“Of course we have to be prepared, if there is an amazing player, of course we will take him but we have to look on our budget and we only want to have a player who will improve the team. We are convinced we can stay in the league, our team is strong enough to do this.”

The German tactician noted there was plenty of opportunities to score for his team in the game against JKT Ruvu but the former were let down by poor finishing.

“The only problem for us was scoring, we had a lot of chances to score. Our defence is really good but in the offense, we need more creativity and we need to score goals, when you look on the (league’s) table, we have not scored enough goals,” Jost said.

“We take one point home and we will then head for preparations for the second phase.We really need to work on this issue…creating chances, work on penetrative passes, get strikers in front of goal and scoring.”

Toto had an upper hand in the first half of the game, in which the team put JKT Ruvu’s defence under pressure but wasted several good opportunities to put the ball on the back of the latter’s net.

JKT Ruvu were a rejuvenated side in the second half, which saw them attack in the opponents now and then and, eventually, managing to avoid defeat.