Harare City back Mawiwi

HARARE - Harare City executive members have thrown their weight behind under fire coach Bigboy Mawiwi after the club’s poor start to the new 2014 Castle Premiership season.

Mawiwi’s job has come under serious scrutiny following a disastrous start to the season that has seen the Sunshine Boys lose all their three matches thus far.

The losing streak has resulted in the Sunshine Boys languish at the bottom of the 16-team log with zero points.

The defeats have come hard on the heels of a bad run that saw the club also lose all their matches in the Bob90 Super Cup and the Independence Trophy competitions.

But yesterday Harare City Information and Publicity board chairman Enock Mupamawonde said there was no plot push out the reigning Coach of the Year from the club.

“If the coach is under pressure, then that pressure is coming from the goals and objectives to win that would have been set. Not that there is pressure from us,” Mupamawonde told the Daily News.

Probed if there were elements inside the club executive that wanted Mawiwi out, the Ward 35 councilor said: “There is no statement, suggestions or opinion of that sought. We want to build a strong team. We are more interested in building from our recent experiences to move forward as a team.”

Councilor Resias Masunda, a Harare City executive member, said Mawiwi needed the support of the club now more than ever.

“The truth is it’s too early to say much, it’s just a small problem. It’s a matter of seating down discussing. We can’t say he has failed so early into the season,” said the Kuwadzana Councilor.

“But as you know Harare City is a big club. A lot of people have their own thinking but there is no need for confusion.

“We can’t be diverting the coach at this time of the season, especially at a time when we are facing a big game against Dynamos on Sunday.”

It appears Mawiwi has lived to fight another day as City coach but another defeat at the hands of Dynamos this weekend might prove disastrous.

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