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Chunga and the Gunners revival


Perhaps, it was not the issue of player material at Caps United and the subsequent results that drove Moses Chunga out of the Green Machine camp.

It perhaps had nothing to do with a section of the militant fans at the club.

Perhaps, it just had something to do with the administration of the club in general, in relation to the un-replaced players who went to South Africa.

For how else does one explain a run of five wins and two draws since Chunga returned to the club-Gunners-that gave him his first championship in 2009?

In the week that he was replaced by Maxwell Takaendesa Jongwe, he swiftly returned to Gunners and his first game was against his former paymasters, Caps United.

The game ended 0-0 and the return leg the following week ended prematurely after 69 minute when Gunners were leading 2-0 after Caps fans ran riot, leading to the abandonment of the match.

Gunners were eventually awarded that match on a 3-0 scoreline.

The next match was a 2-2 draw against Blue Ribbon before the 1-0 defeat of Black Mambas which catapulted them into the top half of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.

What followed from there was a further nine points from three games-2-0 win over Shooting Stars, 2-1 away win over Shabanie Mine and Saturday’s 2-1 defeat of Zimbabwe Saints in Harare.

That pushed the former champions to seventh place with 29 points from 21 games, one behind Hwange and three behind fifth-placed Chicken Inn.

They trail Highlanders by six points, Dynamos by seven and joint leaders FC Platinum and Motor Action who are both on 41 points.

Without any big names in the team, Chunga — always a motivator and believer in the little known names — has molded a team that has all the qualities of causing a shocker when they face Dynamos this Sunday.

One can point out to Ali Sadiki, a dribbling wizard of note who has been given a new lease of life and has delivered the goods, the prolific Leonard Fiyado and former Njube Sundowns striker Ishmael Lawe.

There are further new names; Prosper Chigumba, Michelle Katsvairo, Phineas Bhamu and Moses Muchenje who have taken the new challenge in their stride and the results have been impressive.

The other team that Chunga has coached this season, Caps United, are finding life under Lloyd Chitembwe not so rosy as he has managed to pick up there points from two games and faces an equally inconsistent Highlanders this Saturday.

Caps beat Kiglon 2-0 when Chitembwe took over from Jongwe before Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Hwange while Highlanders, on the other hand, beat FC Platinum 1-0 in midweek before the 1-1 draw against Chicken Inn on Sunday.

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