Harare City re-adjust focus

HARARE - Harare City technical director Mark Harrison says they need to quickly forget about their heroics which saw them reach the Chibuku Super Cup final for the third time in four years and quickly focus on their battle against relegation.

The Sunshine Boys progressed to the final set for next month where they will meet How Mine following a 0-1 victory over Bulawayo City with forward Martin Vengesai getting the goal at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday. 

Harare City won the country’s richest knockout tournament in 2015  — just a year after they were controversially beaten by FC Platinum in the final played at Mandava Stadium.

Last season, then under the guidance of Moses Chunga, the Sunshine Boys could only reach the semi-finals where they lost to FC Platinum albeit in controversial circumstances once again.

While happy with the opportunity to claim the trophy, Harrison said: “We are very delighted to reach the final of the Chibuku Super Cup.

“We will do everything to win the cup. Usually a final is anybody’s game but we are determined to lift the trophy. There is a huge incentive of playing in Africa, it’s very important for the football club.

“But I think it’s important for us that we think of securing safety first before we can think of the final. We need to collect maximum points probably in our next two matches to ensure that we are safe from relegation.

“I think there is a lot of work to be done especially if you look at how we played against Bulawayo City. Of course the game was a typical semi-final but we never really got into the stride and play the beautiful game that we have been playing in the past weeks.

“So we will work on some of those things in our next league assignments.”

Harare City have had an indifferent season which has seen them sit just above the relegation zone with 34 points from 29 matches.

The Sunshine Boys are only separated by three points with Shabanie Mine, who occupy the last relegation slot.

On Friday, Harare City have got a tough encounter on their hands as they face table-topping FC Platinum at Rufaro Stadium.

Norman Mapeza’s side shot to the top of the log a week ago after a 2-0 win over Shabanie Mine in a Zvishavane derby at Mandava Stadium.

FC Platinum would be looking forward to continue with their winning ways by beating Harare City and maintain their lead at the top of the table.

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