Mawiwi hails City's fighting spirit

HARARE - Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi has hailed his team’s fighting spirit as they continue with an impressive turnaround after a turbulent start to the 2014 Castle Premiership season.

With three matches before the season reaches the halfway mark, Mawiwi feels has come a long way after losing their six opening matches of the new season.

That poor start means the Sunshine Boys currently sit third from bottom with 11 points from 12 matches and Mawiwi is not panicking yet.

“One thing about our team is that they are fighters and they fight for each other. They now know they had to stand up and each person had to contribute the best he could,” Mawiwi told the Daily News yesterday.

“You can see there is a big improvement. The boys have improved and are fighting for each other. I think I should give credit to the boys for working as a unit.

“We are aiming to rise up the ladder. We are going to evaluate ourselves after the next three games. Then we can set our target for the season.”

For City, who ended last season in third place only behind on goal difference to champions Dynamos, breaking into the top eight is now their main priority in the second half of the season.

“At the moment it is important for us to move into top eight. If you can look at the log table it’s very open and any team could be up there. Our major target is to move into top eight,” said Mawiwi.

“We just have to make sure we play to the best of our ability.”

Last week, City played a one-all draw away to Chapungu at Ascot Stadium in a match that the match officials made some questionable decisions.

“I don't want to make a big deal about the referee,” said Mawiwi. “Obviously we could have got a penalty, that’s for sure. But he didn’t award us the penalty.”

This weekend, the Sunshine Boys will be hoping to collect maximum points when they take on struggling Shabanie Mine at Rufaro Stadium on Saturday.

Fixtures:

Saturday: FC Platinum v Buntu Rovers (Mandava Stadium, SS), ZPC Kariba v Chiredzi (Gwanzura Stadium), Harare City v Shabanie Mine (Rufaro Stadium), Chicken Inn v Dynamos (Luveve Stadium)

Sunday: Triangle United v How Mine (Gibbo Stadium, SS), Highlanders v Black Rhinos (Barbourfields Stadium), Buffaloes v Chapungu (Sakubva Stadium), CAPS United v Hwange (National Sports Stadium)

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