Jam saves Mawiwi's job

HARARE - Under-fire Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi had James Jam to thank after the midfielder netted a brace to give the Sunshine Boys their first win of the season on Friday.

Jam rose from the bench to score twice against Triangle at Rufaro Stadium to cancel out Blessing Maziwisa’s opener.

City had lost all six of their opening matches this season and Mawiwi’s job was now on the line as a number of officials inside the club baying for the coach’s head. 

With City destined for another defeat, which would have been their seventh on the trot, Jam was the unlikely hero scoring a priceless brace from a deep lying midfield role.

“The feeling among the players was that we have to ‘die’ for our coach. The situation was now untenable and when I came in I had the same motive and drive as the rest of my team mates that we had to win it for the coach,” Jam told the Daily News.

“Last season we were a great team with him (Mawiwi) and would want to continue with him again this season but it’s only that results were not coming despite playing well."

Jam, who raced to the touchline to embrace Mawiwi after scoring the equaliser, said both goals were dedicated to the sunshine Boys coach. 

"I had a feeling that I had the responsibility on my shoulders to rescue the coach and after scoring the first goal, I knew the second one was coming and it happened just like that,” he said.

“I am happy that we finally managed to win and now the onus is to keep the momentum and win the coming matches so that we keep pace with early pacesetters."

Upon his introduction, Jam controlled the midfield by winning a lot of balls and also helped initiate attacks.

City’s tempo increased and it was a matter of time before the Sunshine Boys were level and eventually took the lead. 

Mawiwi was delighted relived after the win over Triangle as he lived to fight another day in this unforgiving world of football.

“It was like winning the championship that we missed last year,” Mawiwi said after the match.

“It was important to end the bad run. I was confident that we would win. We have always been playing well but it was only the goals that were not coming. We need to be calm though and remain focused.”

It has been a traumatic experience for Mawiwi and events leading up to the Triangle game did not help matters.

“This week has been one of the toughest in my career. There were a lot of disturbances,” he said.

“Can you imagine it, when we were training (on Tuesday) suddenly some thugs arrived at our ground and took away our footballs.

“Then the next day we couldn’t train as we didn’t have the balls to prepare for this game. I have to thank God and the fans who have been very supportive. 

“I pray that we work as a team from the management, players and whoever is supporting us. This is not my project but we are all Harare City and we need to pull at the same direction.”

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