Mawiwi warns City players

HARARE - Harare City shot to the top of the Castle Premiership table after defeating Hwange 2-1 on Saturday but their coach Bigboy Mawiwi was quick to warn his players to remain level headed.

The Sunshine Boys are now on the summit of the log with 31 points from 16 games, one ahead of second-placed Chicken Inn, who drew 1-1 with Shabanie on Friday.

Hwange were first to break the deadlock through Gilbert Zulu’s 21st minute header but City drew level through James Jam’s spectacular strike before eventually pulling away with William Manondo’s header.

“This win is very important to us especially seeing that we lost 4-1 to the same team in the reverse fixture,” Mawiwi said after the match.

Mawiwi added that though he was happy to have begun the second half of the season with a bang, he did not want his players to think about the championship just yet.

“We don’t want to think about the championship now. We just want to think about winning the next game,” he said.

“Now every team will want to beat us. But we respect every opponent we are going to face.”

The match started on a fairly balanced affair with Hwange playing a physical game whilst the home side stuck to their flair and pace.

Though they were to later fall behind, City were first out of the blocks with Osborn Mukuradare coming to the end of Phineas Bamusi’s cross in the seventh minute, but Hwange defender Gerald Ndlovu’s goal line clearance kept the scores goalless.

However, against the run of play, Zulu struck home for the coalminers in the 21st minute after heading in Eric Chipeta’s cross.

It was however City’s pace that proved the difference as both of their goals emerged from the assists of speedy wingers Silas Songani and Bamusi.

City were soon back on level terms in the 24th minute when Jam beat Hwange goalie Timothy Sibanda from 18-yards out with a well taken first time effort.

Jam lurched onto a loose ball at the edge of the 18-yard box following Bamusi cross that had been weakly cleared away from the Hwange goal.

In the second half, City made the most incisive inroads every time they had the ball and were deservedly in front courtesy of Manondo’s 61st minute header

The former FC Platinum player started the move that he would later finish.

Manondo stretched the Hwange defence with an incisive through ball to Songani on the right wing before making the run into the box.

The DC Academy graduate was at hand to head in Songani’s cross to give his team the three points.

Sibanda could have done better to deal with Songani’s cross but he could only parry the ball to the blind side where Manondo was lurking.

Hwange coach Nation Dube was naturally disappointed as the result plunged his team into the relegation zone.

The coalminers remain in 13th place with 17 points from 16 games.

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