Chaminuka praises ZPC players

HARARE - ZPC Kariba coach Saul Chaminuka has paid tribute to his players after a blistering start to the 2014 season by the Castle Premiership debutants.

The Zimbabwe Power Company-owned side, who were promoted to the top flight after winning the Northern Region Division One league last year, beat Triangle 5-1 at the weekend to move into second place on the log.

ZPC are now tied on 12 points each with leaders Highlanders but trail because of an inferior goal difference.

The club are unbeaten in six games with three wins and three draws.

“Credit must go to the players for the way they have acquainted themselves with the demands of this league,” Chaminuka told the Daily News yesterday.

“Our good start has not surprised me because I could see that we have a good team in pre-season. Although we did not have the best preparations we have done well.

“If the environment during our pre-season could have been better we could have actually surpassed what we have achieved so far.

“There is no doubt that we have had a good start and I’m hoping that we will continue to maintain the same momentum.

“If wishes were horses then my wish will be for us to go on undefeated until the season ends.”

The Kariba outfit have been playing their home matches at Gwanzura Stadium in Harare due to the fact that the league has not yet given a green light to their Nyamunga Stadium.

“We have played some good football at Gwanzura but my hope is that when we relocate to our ground in Kariba we will maintain the winning form that we have,” said Chaminuka.

“I’ve no doubt that playing in front of our own fans will give us a huge boost.”

This weekend, ZPC are scheduled to play against Highlanders in a top of the table clash at Gwanzura with the winner guaranteed to take sole charge of the lead at the top of the log.

“I’ve no need to motivate my players for this game against Highlanders. They are already looking forward to it,” said Chaminuka.

“Even before the game against Triangle the players knew that if they win we would go into this weekend’s game against Highlanders with a chance to go top of the table.”

Highlanders will, however, be no easy stroll in the park for ZPC as they mercilessly blew CAPS united to pieces with a 4-0 victory on Sunday at Barbourfields Stadium.

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