Different story for Harare City

HARARE - What a difference a year can make.

Same time last year, Harare City were on the verge of being crowned Zimbabwean football champions.

Things, however, did not work out like how the Sunshine Boys had planned when they were held to a 2-2 draw by CAPS United and surrendered the title to Dynamos on goal difference. This time, Harare City are preparing to face Chicken Inn needing an outright win to keep their place in the division.

Currently, the Sunshine Boys are in 12th place on the table with 35 points from 29 games.

The council-owned side need nothing short of maximum points against the fifth-placed Gamecocks, who have already lost the battle to overtake FC Platinum for a top-four finish.

If they fail to beat Chicken Inn they are likely to join Bantu Rovers and Chiredzi FC, the two teams that have already been relegated this season.

The other teams that are still in the relegation mix are Black Rhinos, Triangle, Buffaloes and Shabanie Mine.

Harare City striker Martin Vengesayi, however, is still hopeful his side will survive the chop.

“I think we still have high chances of surviving relegation this season,” Vengesayi said.

“The good thing is that we are playing our last game at home and we are confident that we are going to collect maximum points.

“We are not under pressure, we have to approach our last game with the right attitude and also we need to play our normal game.

“People should know that as players we also want a result, that is why we worked hard for the whole week because we know what is at stake.”

City are still smarting from last weekend’s demoralising Chibuku Cup final defeat to FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium.

The Sunshine Boys led the match for much of the game through Talent Chawapihwa’s first half strike but Platinum equalised with a contentious Walter Musona goal in the fourth minute of added time.

Platinum went on to win the cup after prevailing 3-1 on penalties.

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