MOSES “Bambo” Chunga’s relegation heroics will be put to the test once again when Gunners face Motor Action in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) clash at Motor Action Sports club this afternoon.
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Gunners are battling to stay afloat after a dip in form saw them dropping to the relegation zone. But a decision by the team’s leadership to bring back Chunga after he had left the club appears to be paying off.
Bambo, — renowned for his heroics in saving teams from relegation — has turned things around at Gunners since he took over and has posted crucial wins against in-form Monomotapa and Harare City in the last two matches, which have seen his side moving to fourth position from the bottom with only two matches before the end of the campaign.
But Bambo believes the PSL should not have taken a break with only two matches before the end of the season. He said in future the league management should do better in terms of organisation, arguing it did not make sense to go on a break with only two matches left to play.
“We need to plan properly in future,” said Chunga. “There was no need to go for a break considering that there were only two matches left before the season ends. Of course it affects the rhythm of the team, but we believe in the ability to adapt to situations. So I can’t say my team has been affected.
“It won’t be easy against Motor Action, but we are neck-and-neck with the other teams in the relegation zone, and the team which will be able to control the match will win and have chances of surviving,” said Bambo.
Gunners are on fourth position from the bottom with 28 points, the same as Black Mambas, while Hwange are on 29 points.
Motor Action assistant coach David George predicted a tough encounter despite his team having been playing well.
“Our aim is to win like any other team, but it won’t be easy despite having been winning in our last matches. Gunners are a good side and they can pull up a victory, but we are in the top eight already and our target is to win our remaining two matches to move further up,” said George.
Motor Action on eighth position with 42 points beat CAPS United 2-0 in their last league tie. However, they will be without key players — left-back Blessing Chimwamuchere and centreback Charles Mutero — suspended for the match for picking yellow cards in previous matches.
Meanwhile, Hardbody, second from bottom with 23 points, will drop to the world of division one football if they lose to Black Mambas today.
But a win for John Ncube’s Black Mambas will ease their relegation worries as they would need to win their remaining match on Sunday against FC Platinum at Mandava to be guaranteed safety. Their survival, though, will be complicated by a Hwange or Gunners win.