Chunga's huge dilemma

HARARE - Harare City coach Moses Chunga admitted he is wary of upsetting some of his players as he revealed his team is nearly at full fitness  for Sunday’s clash against Dynamos at Rufaro Stadium.

Addressing a press conference yesterday, Chunga revealed that apart from striker Kudakwashe Kumwala, who has a minor illness, the rest of the squad is fit and ready to do battle.

The trio of defender Blessing Moyo and midfielders Raphael Manuvire and Farai Madhanaga, who were with the national team in Namibia for the Cosafa Castle Cup, trained with the rest of team ahead of the weekend’s clash.

“Since I came to Harare City at the start of this month, this has been the most difficult week for me because of the selection headache,” Chunga said. 

“There has been a lot of competition but we certainly hope that those who will be selected will do duty for us. We also welcome back the guys who were on national duty. So far we only have one worry — Kuda Kumwala — he is definitely out . . . otherwise everyone is raring to go.”

Ironically, Chunga, will be facing his former  side where he made his name both as a player and coach  — added his association with the Glamour Boys will not have an effect in Sunday’s match.   

“The issue of myself being a Dynamos son will always follow me until death but I can assure you that my bread is buttered at Harare City and we are preparing for maximum points,” Chunga said. 

“Second best is not for me and we don’t talk about defeat at Harare City. We always play to get maximum points. We are taking this game just like any other. Sentimental issues will be put aside.”

The Sunshine Boys have been a transformed side since Moses Chunga took over from Taurai Mangwiro less than a month ago.   

Harare City have picked maximum points in the two matches that Chunga has presided over.

They now trail log leaders Highlanders by eight points, positioning themselves well for a top eight finish. 

And with Chunga set for his first home game he said: “It feels great to be back at the home of football after almost one-and-a-half years of sabbatical.”


Today: Chapungu v How Mine (Ascot Stadium, SS)

Tomorrow: Ngezi Platinum Stars v Border Strikers (Baobab Stadium), Harare City v Dynamos (Rufaro Stadium), Tsholotsho v Chicken Inn (White City Stadium), FC Platinum v Triangle United (Mandava Stadium SS)

Sunday: CAPS United v Bulawayo City (National Sports Stadium), Highlanders v ZPC Kariba (Barbourfields Stadium, SS), Hwange v Mutare City Rovers (Colliery Stadium)

Wednesday: Hwange v Chicken Inn (Colliery Stadium)

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