Mawiwi promises results

HARARE - Under-fire Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi says he will turn around the Sunshine Boys’ fortunes in the next three Castle Premiership matches.  

City, who were league runners-up last season, have had a disastrous start to the news season losing their opening four matches so far and at the weekend they were clobbered 3-1 by defending champions Dynamos.

Due to the poor start, the Sunshine Boys now anchor the 16-team log as they are yet to register a single point.

Mawiwi’s job is now under threat at the club and he must now prove his worth starting with Wednesday’s home clash with Buffaloes at Rufaro Stadium before travelling to Mandava Stadium to face FC Platinum on Saturday.

The council-owned side will then return to Rufaro to host Triangle in the following week.

It is in these three matches that Mawiwi has earmarked City’s revival and stem the defeats that have become unbearable for the club officials and following.

“We are drifting away from the leading pack. I think the next three matches should bring us back. Our next game is a must win for us. We need to collect those three points,” Mawiwi told Daily News.

“We are working hard and it’s a matter of time. I can assure you that we will come back and fight.”

Mawiwi also received a timely boost after the Harare City chairman Leslie Gwindi came out to back the beleaguered coach after the defeat to DeMbare.

“Whatever is happening, Mawiwi remains our coach,” Gwindi said.

“I was there at the stadium and the team played well. It’s just a bad spell and we I am sure the team will start winning soon. His job is not under threat in any way.”

City began the season as one of the leading contenders to challenge Dynamos for the title but succumbed to a crushing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Chicken Inn in their first match of the season.

The Sunshine Boys lost 2-1 to CAPS United in their second match of the season before falling 1-0 to Premiership newcomers ZPC Kariba.

While Mawiwi is still searching for his first win of the season Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa was thrilled with the win and has set his sights on their next match against Chapungu.

“We have to go out there and pull out a result against Chapungu. We need to play as a team and I am sure we can collect those three points,” he said.

“Like every game that we play we have to sit down and plan.”

Following their emphatic win against City on Sunday DeMbare assumed top spot on the log table with nine points from four matches.

Fixtures:

Tomorrow: Chiredzi v How Mine (Chishamiso Stadium), Harare City v Buffaloes (Rufaro Stadium), Shabanie Mine v Bantu Rovers (Maglas Stadium), ZPC Kariba v Platinum (Gwanzura Stadium)

Thursday: Hwange v Black Rhinos (Colliery Stadium), CAPS United v Triangle United (National Sports Stadium), Chapungu v Dynamos (Ascot Stadium), Chicken Inn v Highlanders (Barbourfields Stadium)

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