HARARE – From being a victim of football superstition to being harassed by overzealous marshals, Bigboy Mawiwi’s struggle to see Harare City land the Castle Premiership title has all been pointing to this very day.
City face CAPS United this afternoon at the National Sports Stadium knowing that a victory will see them win the PSL title only in their second season in top flight league.
But the Sunshine Boys coach admits his fight for supremacy this season has been met by many obstacles all of which his team has overcome.
Mawiwi believes beating United this afternoon will be a testament that no matter the odds smoke will always rise to the top.
“Honestly God is the defender, he has led us to where we are today especially myself. He has made me calm no anger at all, I really want to thank God,” Mawiwi told the Daily News on Sunday.
“And of course the unity of purpose at the training ground, throughout the year. Credit to the players they have done well on and off the field.
“Throughout the year we have just been concentrating on our games and that is exactly what we are going to do tomorrow (today).
“We are well prepared for this tie and the youngsters are well motivated. We are looking forward to the game.”
Harare City will be missing the services of star winger Silas Songani and rock steady defender Crispen Dickson in today’s tie as they are both out due to suspension.
“For sure we are going to miss them especially Songani in terms of attacking. In terms of defending Dickson has done very well for us. But all the same we play as a team so whoever is going to play will play for the team.”
Maiwiwi said City would not be where they are today if it were not for their management and winning the PSL title will be a befitting tribute to their support.
“I really want to thank the management for supporting us,” he said. “To be where we are it’s because we are motivated and my chairman Mr Leslie Gwindi and the treasurer have done very well.”
However, CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro was adamant that despite not having much to fight for, the Green Machine would like to finish the season on a winning note and spoil City’s title aspirations.
“In our last match it will be against Harare City and we know what that match will mean to us,” Magwiro said this week.
“We would want to have a strong finish and victory over Harare City I’m sure it would cement our place for a very strong finish. This is what we yearn for.”
Across town at Rufaro Stadium, second-placed Dynamos will be hoping to capitalise on any City sleep up when they take on relegation threatened Black Mambas.
DeMbare are two points behind the sunshine Boys and they need to win their match and hope City drop points against CAPS.
In Bulawayo Highlanders, who are in third place with 51 points, will be hoping both City and Dynamos drop points while they beat Shabanie Mine.
Sunday: Dynamos v Black Mambas (Rufaro), Triangle v Chicken Inn (Gibbo), Tripple B v How Mine (Dulibadzimu), FC Platinum v Buffaloes (Mandava), Monomotapa v Black Rhinos (Gwanzura), Hwange v Motor Action (Colliery), CAPS United v Harare City (NSS), Highlanders v Shabanie Mine (Barbourfields).