Harrison snubs Ngezi Platinum

HARARE - Harare City coach Mark Harrison is about to agree a new long-term deal with the Sunshine Boys thereby ending any hopes of Ngezi Platinum Stars prizing him away from the capital city.

Ngezi Platinum are in desperate search of a coach whom they think may deliver the coveted league title after sacking Tonderai Ndiraya with five games to go before the end of the 2018 Castle Lager Premiership season.

The Mhondoro-Ngezi-based platinum miners have been in the hunt for a replacement since then but it seems their luck is running out.

Madamburo were linked with Zambian side Power Dynamos coach Kelvin Kaindu but the two parties failed to reach an agreement.

CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe has also been linked with the job but Makepekepe are not prepared to let him go.

Harrison was another potential target with the Zimplats bosses believing he is the right man for the job.

However, the Briton speaking after his side’s 1-1 draw with Yadah at Rufaro Stadium on Saturday revealed he will be committing his future to Harare City.   

“In the next few days, I’m sure you will get news regarding that (my future).

“I have sat with the chairperson of the club and the executive and we are close to sealing a deal for me to stay at the club long term,” Harrison said.

“This is exactly what I want to do because we have got something special here. We are going to do something special.

“It’s going to take a couple of years before we get where we want to be but I’m here for the whole duration; the executive and the board are here for the duration.

“I’m hoping.....  we can finalise it and if we do, I’m sure you guys will hear about it first.”

Being linked with the Ngezi Platinum vacancy has thrilled Harrison but he is determined to see his City project blossom.

“It does flatter me because I’m a professional coach and you would always want to achieve the best you can,” he said.

“But at the end of the day, I’m with a great football club here. We have got great backing from the city, we have got backing from everyone within the city and I think we can really do something special.

“Like I said, it will take us two or three years to get where we want to be but once we get where we want to be, we will be a force.

“In our squad of 30, we have got 14 or 15 players still under 21 and in two or three years those players will be very strong.

“This is a youthful squad full of energy, full of ambition, full of talent and we will keep on bringing in young players.

“There are big things here at Harare City; big things.”

The Sunshine Boys were relegated at the end of the 2017 season before bouncing back after acquiring the franchise of How Mine a week before the 2018 season commenced.

Although they had prepared for life in Division One, City punched above their weight finishing the season in ninth place with 48 points.  

“In retrospect, I think we have had a good season. Once again, I look where we have come from and what we have achieved; we have to be satisfied but we are just one year down into the project, we still have a long way to go,” Harrison said.

“Next year, we have to improve and close the gap on the platinum teams; we are too many points adrift of them at the moment, that’s the target next year.

“It’s still work in progress and it will not happen in one or two years; it’s probably three years before we can challenge.”

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