Mangwiro slams City fans


HARARE – Harare City coach Taurai Magwiro has slammed the behaviour of the team’s fans following last weekend’s home defeat at the hands of Tsholotsho.

Mangwiro was confronted by angry fans, who are not happy with the team’s performance and want him sacked.

The Sunshine Boys have been on a rotten run of form, picking up just seven points in their opening six matches much to the disbelief of their fans.

Last weekend’s 0-1 defeat to Tsholotsho was met with anger by a section of the club’s fans.

“You throw sweets at the coach after a win and stones after defeat but it’s normal in football,” Mangwiro told journalists at the team’s weekly press conference.

“I’m not happy with the team’s performance and our position on the log table but I was not impressed with how our fans reacted. I was really disappointed.

“I know we need to do better but it’s not the time to play blame game now. We still have a lot to offer and fans need to be patient.”

The former CAPS United coach says he took a lot of comfort from FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza after the former Warriors coach found himself in a similar situation last season.

“I take a lot of encouragement from my colleague Mapeza. He was in the same predicament last year after bowing out of African Confederation Cup but what happened at the end of the season?”

And still reeling from last weekend’s painful defeat at the hands of Tsholotsho, Mangwiro hopes his side will bounce back when they travel to Bulawayo to face high-riding Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.

Mangwiro believes a win over Bosso can prove to be the perfect tonic they needed to put their campaign on the rail.

“Last weekend’s defeat was indeed a morale shattering loss but we have since put that behind us and we are now looking forward to or match against Highlanders,” Mangwiro said.

“It’s one game that I think if we win it can bring life back into our campaign. We need to go there and get maximum points. We know what is at stake and we take courage from the fact that we have enjoyed success at Barbourfields in recent times.”

Mangwiro added: “Barbourfields is no longer the fortress of the old where you would go there and donate points."

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