HARARE City coach Bigboy Mawiwi has predicted a tough battle in Beitbridge as the log leaders venture into the cauldron of Dulibadzimu Stadium against Tripple B, hoping to consolidate their lead at the summit of the league table.
And Harare City, who have caught the eye following an incredible run which has seen them lead the log table with 37 points — three adrift of second-placed Highlanders, naturally attract attention as they face off with 15th-placed Tripple B.
The Sunshine City Boys defeated FC Platinum 2-0 in their previous match to take a firm grip in the championship race and bid to win their maiden championship since their promotion into the elite league two years ago.
Mawiwi, however, remains modest even when his charges are proving difficult to beat and insists that the championship race is still very much wide open with any of the top-five teams capable of landing the crown.
“I predict a tough fixture against Tripple B. They are at home and are fighting relegation. Facing such a team will never be an easy task. The long break has also affected us because we were on a good run.
“When you are in such top form, a long break will always have a negative effect. But we have been preparing for this match and the guys are ready. I will have time to look at the pitch when we arrive, but I hear it’s a good pitch. It’s my first time to be there,” Mawiwi said.
Harare City go into the match minus key player, winger Silas Songani, who has a swollen ankle.
Songani was injured while in camp with the Warriors and although Mawiwi has travelled with his star player to the bridge, he said he was highly unlikely to play.
“The injury to Silas is a major concern to us. We travelled with him, but he is unlikely to play because he has a swollen ankle. He picked the injury while with the national team,” Mawiwi said.
Triple B, under the guidance of Peter Manoti, have drawn their last two matches against Black Rhinos (1-1) and Motor Action (0-0).
And a defeat against the log leaders today will sound a death knell to the club promoted into the elite league last year from the Central Region.