Harare City ready to roll - Mawiwi

HARARE - Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi says that his side is ready to mount a serious championship challenge this season after missing the title in 2013 only on goal difference.

The Sunshine Boys, who are in their third year in the top flight league, lost 4-2 on penalties to Dynamos on Sunday in the semi-final of the Independence Trophy.

With the 2014 Castle Premiership season fast approaching, Mawiwi was delighted with the way his team performed against Dynamos and took plenty of positives from the defeat.

“Firstly, I am happy with the performance of my players. This is our first competitive game of the season,” Mawiwi told the Daily News.

“Dynamos have been playing in the African Champions League and most of their players were in South Africa for the Chan finals and I think fitness wise we matched them and I am happy with that.

“We controlled the game. This game was in our hands. We failed to score several scoring opportunities. But despite all that I am happy with the performance and the future looks bright.

“The penalty lottery is about lucky and we didn’t have that. I have a lot of youngsters, they are gelling, improving and there are one or two things that we need to do and we will be there.

“We are definitely going to compete and we will be up there. This is only the beginning. We will get better and more fluent when the season starts. But one thing that I am sure of is that we will compete for honours this season”

The Sunshine Boys’ season is likely to depend heavily on how they go about their business without the talismanic winger Silas Songani, who joined Danish side Sønderjyske at the beginning of the year.

City coach Mawiwi brought in Benson Maglasi from CAPS United as a direct replacement for the winger, while unveiling other seven new players to bolster his squad.

The other seven signings are Francisco Zekumbawire, Takudzwa Chimwemwe, Agrippa Murimba, Timire Mamvura, Misheck Mburayi, Mhleli Sibanda and Arnorld Chivheya.

And on paper, these are all terrific signings to add on the impressive squad already on City books from last season.

On Sunday, Mawiwi used just a few players from his new signings while giving a hint that the other off-season arrivals will be accommodated gradually into the system.

While Mawiwi is oozing with confidence, DeMbare coach Calisto Pasuwa fears his team will be undercooked at the start of the season and admits his biggest letdown being the strike force.

Pasuwa claims Simba Sithole and Clive Kawinga are unlikely to be ready to start the season and uncertainty hangs over the services of new signing Masimba Mambare, who was forced out in the first half through an injury.

DeMbare and Harare City begin their 2014 season with away trips to Bulawayo to face How Mine and Chicken Inn respectively.

Due to their respective positions last season, the two Harare clubs will begin the new season amongst the favourites to win the league.

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