Unbeaten run excites Nyikadzino

HARARE - Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino is proud of his players following a seven-match unbeaten run and feels the winning culture will go a long way in shaping their season.

After an indifferent start to the season in which the Air Force of Zimbabwe side failed to score in their opening three matches, their win 2-0 over CAPS United on Sunday was their fifth in those seven matches.

Waru Waru began the season with 0-0 draw against How Mine before losing to Dynamos (0-1) and Triangle (3-0) respectively.

The Gweru-based side, however, turned around their season starting with a 1-0 away win over Highlanders last month.

They have gone on to beat ZPC Kariba, Tsholotsho, Dongo Sawmills and now CAPS United. They also managed two draws against Hwange and Buffaloes in the process.

That run has carried Nyikadzino’s men into fourth with 18 points, just five behind log leaders Chicken Inn.

“A winning culture is starting to become a bit of a habit at Chapungu now,” Nyikadzino said.

“It really helps a lot and it is just a privilege that we are now part of it. Everyone is enjoying the moment. I think there is a lot of improvement considering the number of key players we lost.   

“I am very happy with the consistence and we need to keep on like this. This will go a long way in determining where we finish as a team at the end of the of the season.”

Nykadzino added: “We still have a lot of matches to go and we need to take it a game at a time. The good thing is that the combinations are now coming.” 

CAPS United coach Mark Harrison also feels his team will bounce back despite a demoralising home defeat, a loss he blamed on an inability to apply the basics.

“We just need to pick ourselves and come back strong in our next assignments,” he said.

“At the end of the day we are professionals, we gonna (sic) get up and show character. We gonna (sic) regroup and work hard to start finishing on our chances.

“We can keep making excuses but commitment of the players has been fantastic under the circumstances. We still in the same situation, nothing has really changed we still haven’t been paid but we need to keep on going.

“We lost the match not because of the commitment, but it was the approach which was wrong, the application was not right.”

United have now gone on for three matches without a win after goalless draws with Buffaloes and Hwange in the previous two matches.

That has seen the troubled Green Machine drop to 10th place with 13th points.

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