Harare City lurk on the sidelines


HARARE – While all the attention in the Castle Premiership title race has been firmly fixed on the clash between Highlanders and Dynamos, Harare City see it as a blessing in disguise.

The Sunshine Boys are in third place on the log on 45 points together with second-placed Dynamos and trail Bosso by only two points.

City, who are playing only in their second season in the top flight, have done admirably well this term and it will come as no surprise if they pip Bosso and DeMbare for the title.

This weekend, City take on Buffaloes at home in a fixture they are expected to collect maximum points.

Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi believes the league is still wide open despite a two-horse race between Bosso and DeMbare being the talk of town.

Some have already dubbed the Barbourfields clash between Dynamos and Highlanders on Sunday the title decider and have already counted City out of the race.

“The league race is very wide open and any of the top four teams can still win the title,” Mawiwi told the Daily News.

“We have no pressure at all. Of course we had gone for many games without winning, but I’m glad we were able to get back to winning ways at the weekend.

“We are not even thinking about how Highlanders and Dynamos play this weekend. All we need to do is to concentrate on our game against Buffaloes this weekend.

“Come the end of day Sunday at 5pm, we hope to win our game and see where we are on the log.”

In the event City win and Highlanders and Dynamos play out a draw at Barbourfields, the Sunshine Boys will now be joint leaders on top of the log with Bosso on 48 points.

City seemed to have lost their way in the last two months when they went for six games without victory, picking up only five points from a possible 18.

Mawiwi’s men were able to stem that decline with a 1-0 away win over How Mine at the weekend courtesy of Silas Songani’s strike.

“I never lost hope during the time we were not winning matches,” Mawiwi said.

“It happens in football that you go for some lean spells where you fail to win games, but I remained hopeful because we were not losing and the other teams in the race were not winning as well.”

After the Buffaloes game, City still have to play Black Rhinos (away), Motor Action (home), Highlanders (home) and CAPS United (away) to round up their season.

“At the moment we are not thinking about any team besides Buffaloes, who we play this weekend,” said Mawiwi.

“We can only start concentrating on Highlanders in that week we are going to play against them. All our good work will be lost if we do not get maximum points against Buffaloes this weekend.”

Match officials usually grab the headlines towards the end of the season with some questionable calls but this time around, Mawiwi feels the men in black have done a professional job thus far.

“If the referees continue with the good work they did this weekend, it will be very healthy for our league,” the City coach said.

“All the away teams never complained about referees being biased towards the home teams and even in our match against How Mine, we did not have any complaints about the match officials.”

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