Chunga seeks response

HARARE - Still reeling from their defeat to Dynamos last weekend, Harare City hope to bounce back and get their title aspirations back on track when they face struggling Border Strikers at Dulibadzimu Stadium this afternoon.

Last weekend’s 1-2 win for DeMbare handed Moses Chunga his first defeat in three matches.

Chunga had not lost a game since his appointment as the Sunshine Boys coach last month.

The former Zimbabwe international, however, said they have since put behind the defeat to Dynamos and were now looking forward to pile more misery on struggling Border Strikers.

“Normally, we don’t dwell much on the past. That defeat against Dynamos is now history and we are focusing on our next match,” Chunga said.

“We are looking forward to a good game and hopefully collect maximum points. As you know success does not come on a silver platter. We need to work hard if we are to pick up maximum points.”

Chunga added that they have been working hard to rectify their shortcomings the whole week and are expecting a better performance this afternoon. And while confident of a win this afternoon, Chunga has also warned his charges to guard against complacency.

“We are not looking much into Border Strikers’ form — it’s very dangerous. Infact we have been telling the guys to guard against complacency. Bambo is a big profile in local football and everyone wants to beat us so it will be a difficult game.

“We have been working on our weaknesses to ensure we pick up maximum points. The good thing is that we are injury free and the only missing player is Blessing Moyo who is in South Africa for trials. Otherwise, all the guys are raring to go.

Border Strikers have found the going tough in the Premiership following their promotion at the start of the season.

They are currently anchoring the log with three points having managed only one win while losing 10 times in the 11 matches played so far.

They recently parted ways with their coach Saul Chaminuka following a string of poor results. They will however, be counting on their home fans to rally them to victory. In their first home match against Chapungu last week they attracted a full house.

Elsewhere, CAPS United welcome Hwange at Rufaro Stadium hoping to maintain their title chase.

They occupy second place on the log table with 24 points from 11 matches.

Last weekend, the Green Machine beat Bulawayo City 2-1 to go two points behind log leaders Highlanders who sit on 26 points.

The Green Machine are certain to miss four players including defenders Ronald Pfumbidzayi and Kudzanai Nyamupfukudza, who have been suspended after accumulating three yellow cards.

They will also be without the services of striker Leonard Tsipa who is injured while inform midfielder Abbas Amidu has been invited for a one-week trial stint with a Germany lower division club SSv Ulm 1846 Fussbal.

Chicken Inn and Highlanders clash at Barbourfields in a Bulawayo derby.

Fixtures:

Today: Chicken Inn v Highlanders (Barbourfields), Border Strikers v Harare City (Dulibadzimu Stadium), Triangle v Tsholotsho (Gibbo Stadium), Mutare City v FC Platinum (Sakubva Stadium), CAPS United v Hwange (Rufaro Stadium)

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