PSL preview No 8: Chapungu promise to be giant killers

GWERU - Returnees Chapungu have already fired warning shots during the pre-season that they are no mere push overs this season.

The Airforce side showed their pedigree by knocking out Highlanders out of the CG Msipa Charity Shield after having also beaten an equally strong Harare City by a goal to nil in a friendly match in Harare.

If their pre-season form then Chapungu is one the teams that are going to cause major upsets this season and their home ground Ascot Stadium will decide the destiny of the league as the big team teams which are perennial title favourites are not guaranteed maximum.

What makes Chapungu dangerous to most teams is that nothing much is known about them since they do not have big name players and their biggest arsenal is that they thrive on team work rather than individual skills.

The players play as a unit, attacking in numbers and defending in numbers covering for each other, thereby creating little room for their opponents especially those that wants to run with the ball too much.

The John Nyikadzino-coached side made a few additions to the team that won the Central Region Division 1 league with Maxwell Mavhuto coming in from relegated Tripple B while goalkeeper Roy Mazingi and Blessed Mbavarira came in from Shabanie Mine. The team also added Libert Khimu from Southern region’s Blackboots as well as striker Tongai Mamina, formerly with Hwange.

The new recruits quickly settled blended with the old players to form a formidable team that is capable of holding its own against the country’s best teams.

Coach Nyikadzino emphasised that they are not into the league to make numbers but to challenge for honours as they have players who are capable of delivering.

“We have a good team which is hungry for success. The players are young and want to enhance their careers by doing well on the field of play. We are in the league to stay not to make up numbers,” he said.

However Nyikadzino’s Achilles hill will be lack of precision upfront. 

Chief striker Callisto Maheya who has also seen action in the Premiership with defunct Hardbody is shy in front of goal.

His conversion rate is very low and in the Premiership what matters most is putting away chances that come your way as competition is stiffer than in the lower divisions. 

Chapungu have managed to dominate play and create goal scoring opportunities in almost all the matches they have played but they have been found wanting in front of goal. 

If they can put away chances that come their way then will be a team to watch out for this season.

Despite their team work Chapungu will also bank on match fitness which was a plus for them in Division One last season as the players have the endurance to continue running for the duration of the match.

Their return to the top flight will create interesting Midlands derbies with FC Platinum and Shabanie Mine, who already form one of the fiercest derbies in the country. 

They open their 2014 season with tough match against Highlanders and a repeat of their feat in the CG Msipa charity shield in which they booted the favourites out, will go a long way in boosting their confidence and turn Ascot Stadium into a fortress where team will labour come out with a point.

Comments (4)

Watching out Chapungu, dont talk too much. Where is hardbody now? Topflight is not like division 1

mike - 27 March 2014

Watching out Chapungu, dont talk too much. Where is hardbody now? Topflight is not like division 1

mike - 27 March 2014

Watching out Chapungu, dont talk too much. Where is hardbody now? Topflight is not like division 1

mike - 27 March 2014

If you think Bosso will be the punching back in 2014 then you are up for a shocker! Tshilamoya will rise again and many will be slaughtered home and away for that matter. Chapungu will end the league on number fifteen!

Regalia - 27 March 2014

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