HARARE City coach Bigboy Mawiwi believes the Premier Soccer League (PSL) race is still very much wide open despite his side extending the lead at the top of the log after defeating rivals FC Platinum on Saturday.
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The unassuming Mawiwi said after their victory over the Zvishavane-based side, they still needed to maintain the momentum if they are to win their maiden league title.
The Sunshine City Boys defeated FC Platinum 2-0 to take their points tally to 37 — three ahead of closest rivals Highlanders.
Champions Dynamos are placed third on the table with 32 points after stuttering to a 0-0 draw against army side Black Rhinos on Sunday, while eternal rivals Caps United, on fourth place with 31 points, are also in the frame as the league title race hots up.
Mawiwi said the stakes were now too high and there was no room for complacency anymore as it could prove costly. He said their next five games would be crucial to determine their direction in the championship race.
“The league title race remains very much wide open,” Mawiwi said.
“If we can manage to win the next five games, we can then start thinking of winning the championship. Right now, any of the top teams can win it. We still have to continue working on our weaknesses.”
Harare City have been boosted by the return from injury of defender David Kutyauripo, who had been on the sidelines for almost two months.
The defender has been in a plaster since injuring his hand during a league tie against army side Buffaloes, but resumed training last week. The former Dynamos fullback could play a key role if he manages to claim a starting role in the team.
Mawiwi’s team has not made any indications that they will raid the transfer market, whose window closes next Wednesday, although activity seems to be picking up elsewhere.