We've not been good enough: Mangwiro

HARARE - Harare City coach Taurai Mangwiro is well aware that his expensively-assembled side has underachieved this season in the Castle Lager Premiership.

The Sunshine Boys find themselves in eighth place on the log and will not be able to meet the target set out by the City Fathers to finish in the top six.

City have 38 points and it will e difficult for them to overhaul the lead carried by Highlanders (41) and Hwange (39), who are in sixth and seventh place respectively.

Already there has been rancour at Town House with most councillors putting pressure on the side’s executive to act.

Speaking at his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s season final match away to Tsholotsho, Mangwiro said: “It has been a disappointing season for us as a team.

“There has been an improvement from last season but, individually as a coach, I’m moving from a situation where under difficult circumstances we finished third.

“But when I moved to a more conducive environment I found myself fighting for the top eight. It is always a setback.” 

Although the former CAPS United coach led the Sunshine Boys to Chibuku Super Cup glory following their 2-1 win over Dynamos in the final, their form in the league has been dodgy.

Tomorrow, they face a Tsholotsho side which handed them a shock defeat on the first day of the season.

“We have a chance to atone for the home loss we suffered on the opening day of the season.

“This time we are facing the same opponents at a time when they are facing relegation,” said Mangwiro.

“At the same time, our position in the top eight is under threat. It is important that we finish in the top eight to enable us to participate in competitions like the Easycall Cup next season.

“Of course, we expect a very tight contest knowing fully well that their (Tsholotsho) lives depend on what transpires on the day. We are more than ready for that encounter.

“They thrive on organised defence but they haven’t been as lethal either that is why they find themselves in that position. We hope we would be able to come up with ways of unlocking them and probably come up with a win.”

Sunshine Boys captain David Kutyauripo said: “We are playing Tsholotsho on Saturday (tomorrow) and we are not going to do any favours to anybody. Whatever comes out from there we will accept it but we are going there determined to get three points.

“This is our last match of the season and we want to finish on a high. It will be good if we can finish the season in the top eight.”


Tomorrow: Chapungu v  How Mine (Ascot), Tsholotsho v Harare City (White City), CAPS United v Whawha (NSS), Flame Lily v Chicken Inn (Lafarge), Dongo Sawmill v FC Platinum (Vengere), Buffaloes v Dynamos (Sakubva), Hwange v Triangle (Colliery), Highlanders v ZPC Kariba (Barbourfields)

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