Mangwiro remains defiant

HARARE - Despite a false start to the 2016 Castle Lager Premiership season, Harare City coach Taurai Mangwiro has insisted there is no need to panic yet as they prepare to take on Hwange at Rufaro Stadium tomorrow.

The Sunshine Boys head into tomorrow’s game at the back of two defeats and one win in the opening three matches of the season thus far.

That run has seen people painting a gloomy picture for City despite boasting of a strong squad at least on paper.

Mangwiro has refused to be downbeat about the poor run but remains adamant that his side can be title contenders and insists that his players will fight as hard as they can.

“I don’t see where the panic is coming from, we look at a team like CAPS United we lost to.

“We have met four times; we have won in two and draw in the other two games.

“They have just beaten us once and suddenly there is all sorts of noise,” Mangwiro said.

He said the season is still in its infancy and the pressure on his team is uncalled for.

“It’s a very long season and for the record the target we have as Harare City for 2016 is at least a top three finish and there will be obviously ups and downs,” he said.

“I feel it is for the end of the season that we reveal whether the set targeted has been achieved or not.”

Turning to tomorrow’s match against relatively struggling Hwange, Mangwiro revealed the importance of picking up maximum points.

“We are saying as a team let’s put behind that defeat, we need to focus on the next assignment. We find ourselves in position where I felt we could have been in a higher position,” Mangwiro said.

City will be without Honey Chimutimunzeve, who scored against CAPS United last weekend, while midfielder James Jam is also still on the sidelines with an injury.

“We have been preparing well and had a set back as we have lost Chimutimunze through injury that we had to make that substitution and he is still not available for this week’s match,” he said.

“James (Jam) has missed two games through injury, Tanaka Ruzvidzo and Crispen Ruzvidzo also will not be up for selection.”

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