IT has been a tough start for Moses Chunga on his return to top-flight football, but today presents another opportunity to hunt for maximum points when his Chiredzi FC side take on How Mine in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Chishamiso Stadium.
Chiredzi have just collected a single point in four games.
After starting the season on a positive note with a one-all draw against FC Platinum at Chishamiso, Chiredzi went on to lose their following three matches.
They suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of fellow neighbours Triangle at Gibbo Stadium, before Highlanders humiliated them 3-0 at home and last weekend, they suffered a 2-1 defeat against Black Rhinos at Rimuka Stadium in Kadoma on Saturday in controversial circumstances.
Rhinos benefited from a howler from top referee Ruzive Ruzive, who awarded them a goal when it was as clear as daylight that the ball had not crossed the line at Rimuka on Saturday.
Although it might be too early to talk about relegation, Chunga knows how important it is now to start bagging points, especially at home.
One of the experienced players at the Lowveld club, Fidelis Mangezi, who was expected to provide the cover to the club’s youngsters, seems to be struggling with his form at the moment.
The team has some youngsters in the mould of Tapiwa Dephistara, Jimmy Dzingai, Abel Gwatidzo and Malvern Gaki. Former Monomotapa defender Tawanda Mpungu has been impressive at the back.
Chiredzi chairman Charles Muchatukwa, who said they had postponed their fundraising dinner to May 16, said they were hoping to collect maximum points.
“I know that the team knows the importance of collecting their first points. We have postponed our fundraising dinner from May 1 to the 16th because we want to iron out a few things,” he said.
Unconfirmed reports are that Chiredzi have secured a sponsorship deal.
How Mine have won once this season after two losses and a draw and are also hard-pressed to move up the standings.