Easter break blessing in disguise for City, Rhinos

Taurayi Mangwiro

TAURAYI Mangwiro believes the Easter holiday break was a blessing in disguise for Harare City as they look to arrest their poor start to the season.

The Sunshine Boys have recorded two wins in their opening 11 matches of the season to lie 12th on the log standings with 11 points.

They have only managed a point from their last three matches and alarm bells are ringing in their camp.

Mangwiro, who was roped in a few games into the season, has not managed to revive the team as was hugely anticipated.

He said that Easter holidays, which saw league action shelved last weekend, gave him more time to work with his players.

“For us as a team, the break was a very welcome relief. It gave us time to reflect on our shortcomings,” Mangwiro said.

Harare City’s next assignment is a tough match an unpredictable Black Rhinos.

“For us as a team, we are well aware of the position we are currently in. We have challenged ourselves as a team to improve on our position. What I can see is that the team has been performing well and it’s the results that have proved elusive. Unlucky in our last encounters, I hope we will be able to turn things around and it is important that we keep believing as a team and do not despair.”

“I don’t think our situation is irreversible. I still want to believe that we have what it takes to launch a formidable campaign and by the time we get to the midway stage of the season, I hope we will have broken into the top eight and hope by the end of the season, we will be in a higher position. It is high time we start delivering,” he said.

Black Rhinos has won four of their eleven matches, and have managed to collect 16 points. The army side collected six points from their last three matches.

The Harare team play its home matches in Mutare, which means that they are almost always on the road every weekend.

Coach Herbert Maruwa welcomed the break, which he said gave his players an opportunity to rest from their gruelling travels.

“The break helped us to have a rest and gave time to those with injuries to recover. Our preparations are good so far though we might lose rhythm after winning our previous game against ZPC Kariba,” Maruwa said.

“We are in a good position, we need to keep in touch with top teams and see how the season progresses.”

Saturday: Tenax v Yadah (Sakubva), Harare City v Black Rhinos (National Sports Stadium), FC Platinum v Highlanders (Mandava), Chicken Inn v Bulawayo City (Luveve), ZPC Kariba v Ngezi Platinum (Nyamhunga)

Sunday: Cranborne Bullets v Herentals (Sakubva), Dynamos v Manica Diamonds (National Sports Stadium), Bulawayo Chiefs v WhaWha (Luveve), Triangle United v Caps United (Gibbo)

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