HARARE – Harare City coach Taurai Mangwiro hopes his side will return to their ruthless form at Rufaro Stadium when they play against Chapungu this afternoon.
The Sunshine Boys began the season with resounding 4-1 wins against Mutare City and Hwange in their first two home matches.
However, City’s blistering home form was curtailed by their bogey side Tsholotsho FC, who again defeated the Sunshine Boys 0-1 two weeks ago.
The defeat left Mangwiro on the brink of a sack as angry City supporters demonstrated after the match.
The Sunshine Boys, however, bounced back from that defeat to draw 1-1 with high-flying Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium last weekend.
“It’s so sad that the only team to have beaten us last year is the same team that has beaten us this year at home,” Mangwiro said yesterday.
“I just hope that we will continue with that fine run at home where we have also recorded two very convincing wins over Mutare City and Hwange.
“Tsholotsho was the only team to beat us at home. We want to keep that record intact and we can do a lot in terms of achieving that against Chapungu.”
Mangwiro admitted it will not be an easy task to play against a physical side like the Gweru-based Air Force of Zimbabwe side.
“We know that Chapungu is a very physical team; we expect them to run for the entire match,” he said.
“I have seen them playing; the position on the log does not give a true reflection of the kind of performances that they have been putting up.”
Chapungu currently occupy 14th place on the log with just six points from seven matches while City are two points ahead of the airmen.
Mangwiro will be missing the services of a number of players through injury and suspension.
James Jam, Ronald Chitiyo, Tanaka Ruzvidzo and Honey Chimutimunzeve are all injured while defender Arnold Chivheya is suspended.
“Chivheya will be sadly missed,” Mangwiro said.
“If we are to look at the last three matches, I would think Chivheya has been the outstanding player in those matches.
“I believe we have other players who can come in to fill his slot and perform at the same level.”
The good news for Mangwiro though is the return to full fitness of forward Francisco Zekumbawire, who was injured in March, and made his return in the match against Bosso at the weekend.
“I am 100 percent fit and I think I can play well as I was technically working on it,” the big forward said yesterday.
“It might be a tough game. We know that Chapungu is a physical side but we are going to give it our all to get the three points.
“Everyone is looking at us the strikers to deliver the goals but right now the service hasn’t been coming but we are not giving up; we are working extra hard and we are going to get the goals eventually.”