Harare City ready to pounce

HARARE - After enduring an indifferent first half of the season, Harare City assistant coach Witness Munkuli believes the Sunshine Boys are now ready to mount a serious title challenge.

Despite having depth amidst their ranks, City struggled for form and consistence during the first half of the season, which failed to justify their busy activity in the transfer market during the off season.

After unveiling Taurai Mangwiro as their new coach, City went on to sign — freebies, Themba Ndlovu, Tendai Samanja, Tafadzwa Dube, Honey Chimutimunzeve and Nicholas Alifandika.

The club also brought in former Kaizer Chiefs and Warriors defender Lincoln Zvasiya, on a free transfer.   

Results, however, remained difficult to come by and at one stage Mangwiro’s position at the club appeared to be under threat.

The Sunshine Boys have now turned around their season after going on a seven-match unbeaten run which has seen them rise to fifth place on the Castle Lager Premiership log.

City now have 29 points and trail leaders Chicken Inn by eight points with 12 games to go before the season ends.

At the weekend, City defeated Dongo Sawmills 2-0 at Rufaro Stadium and tomorrow they travel to Ascot Stadium where they take on Chapungu hoping to extend their unbeaten run.

“The team is now in good shape. I’m satisfied with the work rate and the competition in the squad,” Munkuli told the Daily News.

“If you look at our last matches, we played well. What we now need to do is to remain consistent going forward.

“I think the title is still open to everyone and we need to pick up as many maximum points as we can.

“We have not been consistent enough but we are slowly going there and I think this is the important stage in the championship race so form is very important.”

Munkuli challenged his players to produce the same form that has seen them rise on the log table against Chapungu tomorrow.

“We are looking forward to the match against Chapungu. Everyone is aware of the task at hand.

“It’s a tough game yes, but our approach remains the same. We will do our best to get a good result,” he said.

“If we can maintain the same attitude I don’t see anything stopping us from collecting maximum points.”

After a brilliant first half of the season, Chapungu appear to be on a free-fall as they have failed to win in their last seven league matches drawing three and losing four.
That dismal run has seen John Nyikadzino’s men, drop to ninth place on the log with 24 points from 18 matches.

Last weekend, Waru Waru lost 2-0 away to log leaders Chicken Inn at Luveve Stadium.

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