Defeat a wake-up call: Mawiwi

HARARE - Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi says defeat to Chicken Inn in the opening match of the 2014 Castle Premiership season over the weekend should serve as a "wake-up call" for his players.

The Sunshine Boys, who finished third in the league last year, looked the team to beat this season after acquiring several seasoned players but they were thoroughly outplayed by the Gamecocks in Bulawayo on Saturday, losing 3-0.

First half goals from Canaan Nkomo, Mkhokheli Dube and a second half strike from substitute Ishmael Lawe condemned City to a heavy defeat.

And Mawiwi feels the defeat at Chicken Inn represented an important point in their season.

“Let’s just say that game gave us the wake-up call we needed and now we should start going on the right pace,” Mawiwi told Daily News yesterday.

“We need to be focused. We are no longer a small team and teams would always want to raise their game when playing against us.

“We were too reluctant in our approach against Chicken Inn. And we need to work hard to avoid complacency. We were beaten clean at the weekend. Chicken Inn played some good football.

“I am happy it happened early in the season and we will work on improving our approach to these matches. We are obviously going to come back strong in our next matches.

“We are not pressing panic button as yet and we are now going back to the drawing board.”

City face CAPS United in their next league match and Mawiwi expects another tough outing.

“CAPS United are always tough opponents. We are expecting a good game but what is important is for the boys to react well. 

“We can’t afford to keep on dropping points and our next game will be a must a win for us. We are not, however, putting ourselves under pressure.”

Weekend Fixtures

Highlanders v Shabanie Mine, How Mine v Bantu Rovers, Buffaloes v Chicken Inn, FC Platinum v Hwange, Harare City v CAPS United, Triangle United v Chiredzi, Dynamos v ZPC Kariba, Black Rhinos v Chapungu.

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