Saruchera happy with team progress

Nesbert Saruchera

Cranborne Bullets coach Nesbert “Yabo” Saruchera says his team is beginning to find its footing after they picked four points in their last two matches.

The army side beat WhaWha 3-2 at the weekend for their first league win of the season, a result that followed their 1-1 draw against third-placed Manica Diamonds.

The two results saw Saruchera’s side rising from the basement of the log standings to 15th with six points, one above WhaWha, who now anchor the table after nine rounds of matches.

Saruchera’s job was on the line before the team’s recent resurgence, a form he has attributed to hard work.

“We are working very hard in training and those injured are starting to come back. We are now in better shape,” said Saruchera who guided the team to the semi-finals of the Chibuku Super Cup tournament earlier in the season.

It was the lack of goals that was worrying Saruchera, with his team scoring just seven goals in the opening nine games of the season, conceding 14. Four of those goals were scored in the last two matches.

He also blamed his team’s poor start to the season to fatigue caused by travelling.

The Harare-based side does not have a home ground and alternate between Baobab Stadium in Mhondoro-Ngezi and Sakubva Stadium in Mutare for home games.

As a consequence, they are on the road almost every week for home and away matches.

“We are having problems with grounds. We just
hope we will have our own in Harare soon because travelling to play our home games is also affecting us,” Saruchera said.

Cranborne has a chance to add on to its points tally when it hosts relegation strugglers Bulawayo City at Sakubva Stadium on Saturday.

The two teams are tied on six points and the winner of this relegation six-pointer is almost certain will move out of the demotion zone.

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