Chapungu in right direction: Chikuni

HARARE - Chapungu coach Tendai Chikuni is pleased with how his team has started the 2018 Castle Lager Premiership season.

The Air Force of Zimbabwe side currently sits in 15th place on the log with five points from six matches.

Chikuni’s side has only won once when they beat Mutare City 3-2 away from home while their other two points have come from draws against Harare City and Black Rhinos.

Chapungu were expected to struggle after most of their players went for military training towards the end of last season and only reported back for pre-season in February.

“It’s all about patience; football is a process. We have got a good team and there is no need to panic. Last season people were saying this team is going to be relegated but we survive,” Chikuni said after the draw with Black Rhinos at the weekend.

“We are trying to blend these youngsters into the team; we have almost about 27 players we have registered and we are not panicking.

“We have only lost three games; compared to last season when we reached game number nine without even a point, we were bottom of the log. This season, I’m happy with the progress we have made and there seems to be continuity in the team.

“We are in the right direction and if you look at FC Platinum, it took them six years before they could win the league.”

Chapungu’s Achilles’ heel thus far has been the side’s failure to find the back of the net regularly as they have scored only four goals in six matches.

However, Chikuni believes this is not a problem peculiar to his side alone.

“Right now everyone is complaining about the lack of goals; at the moment we do not have lethal strikers in the country to talk about,” the former FC Platinum coach said.

“By now we have played six games but the top striker at the moment has four or five goals. I think you have to appreciate what these guys have done so far because they never had any rest after last season.

“We have started very well despite not having a proper pre-season and last season this time, we were on the bottom of the log without a point; nine games without a win.

“But this season only six games into the season we have managed to get points even away from home. Rome was not build in one day; this is only my second year after joining Chapungu.”              

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