Mangwiro eyes winning start with City

HARARE - Harare City coach Taurai Mangwiro says his side is ready to mount a serious challenge for the 2015 Castle Premiership title when the league kicks off on Friday.

The Sunshine Boys, who are in their fourth year in the top flight league, welcome newly-promoted side Tsholotsho FC at Rufaro Stadium for their first match of the season.

City had a disappointing 2014 where they survived relegation on the last day of the season.

This prompted the club bosses to change their approach and they immediately appointed Mangwiro to steer the club towards a new direction in the 2015 season.

“I want to believe we have had enough preparations and we now need to put into practice what we have been practising,” Mangwiro told the Daily News yesterday. 

“It’s everyone’s dream to win the championship. We are an ambitious side and we would want to win the title. We have assembled a strong squad which I believe would get better as the season progresses.

“We want to avoid a situation from last season where we ended up fighting relegation. It’s good to start well because it sets the tone for the whole season.”

City’s problems last season were well documented as they lost their opening six matches which ultimately cost Bigboy Mawiwi his job while the executive led by Leslie Gwindi was reshuffled.

The Sunshine Boys have embarked on an ambitious project which saw them lure Mangwiro and his entire backroom staff of Mike Madzivanyika and Mkhuphali Masuku. 

City also restructured their junior ranks by appointing experienced coach David George, Elvis Chiweshe and Masimba Dinyero — who was caretaker coach last season — to spearhead their junior development project.

The council-owned side, who are one of the country’s financially stable outfits, also flexed their muscles on the transfer market by raiding CAPS United of their most influential players.

City lured goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube, midfielder Tendai Samanja together with the duo of striker Honey Chimutimunzeve and winger Nicholas Alifandika, who were on loan from ZRP FC.

They have also fortified their defence with the arrivals of Soccer Star of the Year finalist Themba Ndlovu from champions Dynamos and former Kaizer Chiefs centre half Lincoln Zvasiya, who returns home after a stint in Greece.

They have also brought in former Chiredzi FC left back Munashe Chinembeza.

With all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle in place, Mangwiro is confident that the Sunshine Boys will hit the ground running in the season opener against the league novices.

“They are new boys in the league and it makes them dangerous because we have never seen them playing,” he said. “We are however, not reading much into that; we hope to give a good account of ourselves to pick up maximum points.”


Friday: Harare City v Tsholotsho (Rufaro Stadium)

Saturday: FC Platinum v Dongo Sawmills (Mandava Stadium), Chicken Inn v Flame Lily (Luveve Stadium), Dynamos v Buffaloes (ZNS Stadium), ZPC Kariba v Highlanders (Gwanzura Stadium)

Sunday: Triangle United v Hwange (Gibbo Stadium), How Mine v Chapungu (Luveve Stadium), Whawha v CAPS United (Ascot Stadium)

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