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Monoz still in championship race-Mangwiro

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Monomotapa coach Taurai Mangwiro still believes his team has a chance to win the Premier Soccer League Championship despite trailing log leaders Motor Action by a massive 13 points with only nine games left to play.

Monoz, who are playing a game of their life at the moment, have not tasted defeat since a 2 – 0 drubbing away to Shabanie in August and are currently third on the log with 36 points.

Monoz are also hoping to get three points from their match against FC Victoria after the Masvingo-based side failed to pitch up for their match two weeks ago.

Although admitting that repeating the 2008 feat when the team won their maiden championship is a mammoth task, Mangwiro is still hopeful.

“There is a big gap between us and the two teams on top,” said Mangwiro.

“There are still nine games for us to play though and anything can still happen between now and then. It’s not over yet, the race is still open but it’s not going to be easy.”

The Monoz gaffer said it was good that his team had hit top form at the right time.

“We have been consistent in the last few games and I believe if we can concentrate in winning our remaining matches then it will be good for us,” said Mangwiro
Monomotapa have been brilliant in their last eight games, winning five and drawing three and their coach is a happy man.

“It’s all about self-belief and confidence in the camp which has been key to our success recently.

The boys’ concentration levels are high at the moment and there is belief in the camp that they can beat anyone,” said Mangwiro.

Before Mangwiro can even dream of the championship, he has to pass the Dynamos test next Wednesday before engaging champions Gunners at the weekend.

As this is not enough, Monoz will then travel to Bulawayo to meet rejuvenated Highlanders before hosting Caps United the following week, all teams that still have a lot to play for.

“The next four games will have a bearing in our final position on the log.

They are all big teams who still have a chance of winning the championship but we will approach those games with a positive mind.

“We have to win those big games if we are to win the championship and I have enough confidence with my boys,” said Mangwiro.

Monomotapa’s remaining fixtures: Dynamos (away), Gunners (home), Highlanders (away), Caps United (home), Lengthens (away), Hwange (home), Shooting Stars (away), Shabanie Mine (home)

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