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Chapungu taking it easy


CHAPUNGU may be flying high, but no one within the squad is getting carried away, with coach John Nyikadzino urging his players to keep their feet on the ground.


The Gweru-based Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Team is unbeaten in their last eight matches, form which has seen them climbing to second position on the log standings, above champions Dynamos and two adrift of log leaders Chicken Inn after 11 matches.

Nyikadzino, speaking ahead of their match against an inconsistent Harare City at Rufaro Stadium this afternoon, said they were not looking any further than this match. It might sound a predictable response, but Nyikadzino said that was the attitude they had adopted, and it’s working wonders for them.

“We are training hard and our recent results are just due to hard work. We are taking it game by game and it is working for us,” Nyikadzino told NewsDay Sport yesterday.

“We are preparing well for the game and we are hoping to take our form into the next match. The players are confident, they are not afraid to take chances and making mistakes so as the technical team we are very happy about that.”

Nyikadzino has warned his players not to underestimate their opponents this afternoon. He reckons that City have had their fair share of bad luck this season as performances have not produced the results they have warranted.

“Harare City are one of the most competitive sides in the league. They are playing very well and I think they have just been unlucky in previous games. They are a very good side, we all know that and we have to be at our very best tomorrow (today) to win,” said Nyikadzino.

While Chapungu are soaring high, City on the other hand are a complete opposite.

Defeats in their last three matches including a 2-1 loss to Buffaloes last weekend have seen the expensively assembled side plummeting sharply towards the relegation zone and it is needless to say that they could do with a positive result soon.

The Taurai Mangwiro-coached side have recorded just three wins from 11 games and currently sit on 10th position with 14 points, just two from the relegation cut-off point. Alarm bells are sounding high in their camp.

The club’s executive was this week forced to come out to publicly back under-fire Mangwiro as rumours about his job are beginning to emerge.

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