Herentals wary of Harare City

HARARE - Herentals coach Kumbirai Mutiwekuziva is expecting a tough challenge when his charges face Harare City in a Castle Lager Premiership match this afternoon at Rufaro Stadium.

The students have had an indifferent start to life in the Premiership having picked only two wins in their opening seven matches and are desperate for consistency in their bid to achieve their objective of staying in the top flight.

They are coming up against an ever improving Harare City side that has been credited for playing a sleek passing game since Mark Harrison took over from Philani Ncube at the beginning of the year and have only lost once so far.

And as they prepare for this afternoon’s match against the Sunshine Boys, Mutiwekuziva, while declaring his charges ready, however, is wary of the threat posed by Harrison’s charges.

“We have done our part preparing for the weekend’s match and we are all looking forward to a get a positive result,” Mutiwekuziva told the Daily News yesterday.

“But we are not expecting an easy match. We know it’s going to be tough and we need to work extra hard if we are to get maximum points.

“Harare City is a good side and are currently doing well. They play some exciting football, they want to keep the ball but we will try to press them so that they will not play their usual football.”

In their last game last weekend, Herentals were beaten 1-0 away to Chapungu at Ascot Stadium and Mutiwekuziva wants a quick response from his charges.

“That game is already water under the bridge. What is important though is how we react from that defeat,” he said.

“We were very unfortunate in that defeat. I think it has been our biggest letdown this season conceding late in the game. Maybe it’s lack of experience but we are working tirelessly to ensure we stay focused throughout the entire match.”

And as usual Herentals will once again be looking forward to the Majarira brothers Blessing and Archiford to lead their front line while veteran midfielder Innocent Benza will also be expected to hog the limelight.

On their part Harare City coach Harrison wants his charges to quickly bounce back to winning ways following a defeat and a draw in their last two matches against FC Platinum and Black Rhinos respectively.

“There are no easy matches in the Premiership and we are expecting another tough encounter against Herentals,” Harrison said.

“Herentals also want points as much as we want to win but we will do our best to come out with a positive result especially considering we failed to pick wins in our last two matches.”

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