Harare City happy to be back

HARARE - Harare City coach Mark Harrison said his team has been fortunate to be handed another bite of the cherry to play in the Premier Soccer League after being demoted last season and will grab the opportunity with both hands and make it count this time around.

The sun set on the Sunshine Boys late last season as they bade premiership football farewell despite edging How Mine 1-0 in their last match of the season played at Rufaro Stadium, they needed Hwange and Bulawayo City to lose their respective matches for them to survive. It was however, Hwange — who lost 2-0 to ZPC Kariba — who went down together with Harare City eventually, ending their five-year stay in the PSL.

“It’s great (to be back), it’s exciting, it’s where we gonna be. We should have never been relegated last season that was own fault really but look we are back now that’s where everybody wants to be because wherever you are you would want to play in the highest level as possible and obviously the PSL in Zimbabwe is the highest level you can play so we are really happy and excited to be back in the PSL,” Harrison told the Daily News yesterday.

“We have made a few changes we have a squad of 28 now we released a few players at the end of last season, we have promoted some of the youngsters from the cubs and we have a good talent obviously they need to be educated in football terms, tactically being more aware, that’s my job and that’s Mark’s (Madzivanyika) job as the assistant. We have been working with them now in the last five-six weeks of our preparations and they are improving dramatically we have outsourced four-five players from outside to bolster the squad and I think we have got a nice balance in the side and I think our average age is 24 which is a superb age for the squad.”

The Englishman is also upbeat that his combination with Madzivanyika, whom he worked with at CAPS United will be able to bring the desired results and transform the team into a formidable force.

“We will play a good brand of football, that’s what I want to do, will play with flair will put the ball on the grass and move it around. I think in the end we will be ok, I think we will aim for the mid table that’s where we gonna finish considering we have been shoved back into the premiership on the last minute which is not a problem for me because the team is really good to hold its own in the PSL and I’m looking forward to it,” added Harrison.

“To be truthful, I don’t think we got relegated in the last six months of last season I think Harare City got relegated probably two years ago. It was coming...it was coming over two years and it didn’t get arrested but lessons have been learnt and we have been fortunate to be given a second opportunity back in the PSL and will take it with two hands that’s for sure.

“...But I think we are in better shape now and the squad is better than it was last season now and what I can bring to the squad I hope it will make a difference as well with another Mark (Madzivanyika) sitting next to me it looks to be a good place to be for the team because he’s an excellent young coach we have worked together before at CAPS we know each other well and I think the quality of the coaching the guys will get from Mark and myself they will be used to and actually beneficial.”

Comments (1)

reporter can you please correct Mark mathe not madzivanyika Mike madzivanyika was the previous coach

tendai - 9 March 2018

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