Beefy out for revenge

HARARE - Harare City coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube says he is looking forward to facing his former paymasters Bulawayo City in a Castle Lager Premiership match at Barbourfields Stadium today.

Today’s match will be the first time Ncube goes against his former club which he left in acrimonious fashion last year following a match-fixing scandal.

Although Ncube was found not guilty by the Zimbabwe Football Association he never returned to the Amakhosi dugout and eventually resurfaced when he was named the Sunshine Boys coach in May this season.

Since arriving, Ncube has rejuvenated the Sunshine Boys, pulling them clear of the relegation zone with impressive wins recently, including a 3-2 success over defending champions CAPS United which marked the re-opening of Rufaro Stadium this season.

Today, Ncube returns to face Bulawayo City hoping to continue with the fine form that has seen his side pick up seven points in their last three matches.

“I think as a coach you want to prove your critics wrong and I think they have also done their homework as well and would want to prove me wrong,” Ncube said.

“But one thing for sure is that it’s going to be tough but we are really prepared and we want three points at the end of the day.

“Everyone is raring to go, there are no injury worries and I think we will come up with the best 18 for this game.”

The last time Harare City visited Barbourfields was against Highlanders and were unlucky not to collect maximum points after dominating the Bulawayo giants only to be let down by poor finishing and the brilliance of goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda.

The Sunshine Boys currently sit 10th on the log table with 25 points having played 21 matches and could further climb up the ladder with a win this afternoon.

City striker Martin Vengesai concurred with his coach that they are going to Bulawayo seeking nothing less than a victory.

“We are well prepared for the game. We have managed to pick up crucial points in our last three matches and we hope to build on that form going forward,” Vengesai said.

On the other hand Bulawayo City, who sit 12th on the log table, have not been convincing this term and will also be desperate to get maximum points as they bid to avoid the chop at the end of the season.

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