City coach Mawiwi looking ahead

HARARE - Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi has expressed satisfaction with his team’s performance in their maiden Premiership season and has since set sights on building a stronger team that can fight for honours next year.

The Sunshine Boys are currently on holiday after ending the season a remarkable ninth place with 40 pionts.

While attention in the just-ended season was fixed on the tense battle for the championship between Dynamos and Highlanders, City quietly went about their business.

Driven by a pool of young, talented and hardworking players like Quinton Masika, Clibert Muvhuti, Godfrey Nguwodzawo, Nathan Ziwini and Trymore Nyamadzawo, the Sunshine Boys proved a handful to several teams in the league.

Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu openly bemoaned their draw against City at Rufaro as costly after missing on the title to eventual winners Dynamos.

City held their own by beating champions Dynamos 1-0 in the first leg before losing the reverse fixture by an identical scoreline and forced back-to-back draws against Highlanders and CAPS United.

They were also a symbol of continuity, keeping intact the core of the squad that took them into the Premiership.

“We kept most of the players into the Premiership and I think the youngsters did well,” said Mawiwi.

“There was a lot of competition in the top flight and our main thrust was to stabilise and we have achieved that. A top 10 finish in our first year in the Premiership is not bad at all.

“We could have sneaked into top four, but we accumulated too many draws, we had 14 draws and if we had won at least four of those draws, we could be talking something different. I should give credit to the boys for the manner they presented themselves in the Premiership.”

Harare City, one of the most financially stable teams in the PSL, is ready to spend big on new players to strengthen their squad and compete at the highest level next season.

“We want to do better than what we did last season. We are looking around on the market and we are definitely going to beef up our squad.

“We have quite a number of players that we are targeting. Usually, we always have our eye whenever there is potential talent to scout.”

Mawiwi conceded that the Sunshine Boys could lose some of their players who are understood to be under the eyes of hawks, but he was quick to point out that the club will not stand in their way.

“There is a possibility of losing some of our best players, but there is nothing we can do. We can’t stop them from joining clubs of their choices.”

Sources close to the club revealed the Sunshine Boys are chasing the services of Monomotapa in Osborne Mukuradare and Kuda Musharu. - Godknows Matarutse

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