HARARE – Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi has insisted he still cannot foresee his charges challenging for the 2013 Castle Premiership title despite sitting on top of the log before this weekend’s fixtures.
The Sunshine Boys, who are in their second year in the top flight league, have amassed 31 points from 16 games so far, just one point ahead of second-placed Highlanders.
Such form has led many neutrals to consider City as one of the serious title favourites. But Mawiwi quickly poured cold water on their title credentials insisting their target is to finish in the top eight.
City take on Monomotapa Saturday at Rufaro Stadium and Mawiwi reckons the Sunshine Boys can ill-afford to get carried away.
“There is still a long way to go and talking of the championship now is just too early,” Mawiwi told the Daily News.
“We are only at the half of the season and then Highlanders, Dynamos and CAPS United are behind us and are very strong.
“I really appreciate it when people see us as championship material, but the truth is, we are not looking much into that.
“We just want to enjoy our game without giving ourselves too much pressure.
“We want to stay more close to the leading pack than being in the relegation zone and if we can finish in the top eight then the better for us.
“We are building a team for the future and it’s growing in confidence and strength.
“We hope to maintain consistency.
“We just want to keep on picking points and to go until the end with this consistency.”
On Saturday’s game, Mawiwi said: “It’s going to be a tough game and we are treating it the same way as other matches.
“Monomotapa are a very strong side with good players.
“They have picked up their game and they are really playing some good football.
“But as of us, we just need to go out there and play our normal game.
“I am happy morale is high and everyone is looking forward to the game.”
City will be missing two of their influential players in goalkeeper Maxwell Nyamupanedengu and winger Silas Songani, who travelled with the Warriors to Zambia for the Cosafa Cup which is currently underway.
In the reverse fixture last month at the same venue, Harare City rallied from behind to beat Monomotapa 3-1.
Saturday: Tripple B v Black Rhinos (Dulibadzimu), FC Platinum v Motor Action (Mandava), Monomotapa v Harare City (Rufaro),
Sunday: Shabanie Mine v Black Mambas (Maglas), Chicken Inn v Highlanders (Barbourfields), Triangle v How Mine (Gibbo), Dynamos v Buffaloes (Rufaro), Hwange v CAPS United (Colliery)