Poor form worries Madzivanyika

AFTER five Castle Lager Premiership matches without a win, Harare City coach Mike Madzivanyika is concerned by his side’s poor start in the 2017 season.

The Sunshine Boys began their campaign with a 0-0 draw against Yadah FC before losing 2-1 to defending champions CAPS United.

The council-owned side played out goalless draws against Shabanie Mine and Bulawayo City in their next two games.
Last Monday, Madzivanyika’s side lost their second game of the season when they went down 0-1 to ZPC Kariba at Morris Depot.

With such rotten form, Harare City find themselves just two places off the bottom of the log with a paltry three points.
Finding the back of the net has also been a problem for the side as they only have one goal scored by Jerry Chipangura in the defeat to Makepekepe.

Such a poor return in front of goal will make it difficult for the Sunshine Boys to make their way up the table.
“I am really concerned. It is always difficult for any coach when results are not coming,” Madzivanyika said to the Weekend Post.

“We always prepare to win and when you are not winning obviously it puts you under pressure. I think we only need one win and I’m sure we will be back on track.”

This weekend, the Sunshine Boys travel to Beitbridge to face Tsholotsho at Dulivadzimu Stadium hoping  to kick-start their season.

Harare City have received some good news ahead of this match after the recovery of defender Pritchard Mpelele.
Madzivanyika said they will be monitoring the former Hwange player’s progress and he might make a return to the starting line-up this weekend.

However, captain James Jam, who was injured in the defeat to ZPC Kariba, and defender Munyaradzi Sakho are all side-lined by knee injuries.

After starting the season with four consecutive draws, Tsholotsho have found the going tough in recent weeks.
Farai Tawachera’s side come into this match on the back of two back-to-back defeats to Highlanders and Shabanie Mine.
However, they have quickly turned Dulivadzimu into some sort of a fortress since moving to Beitbridge at the start of the year.

Meanwhile, log leaders Highlanders will be looking at maintaining their top spot when they travel to Gweru to face struggling Chapungu at Ascot Stadium.

Bosso moved to the top of the log with a 1-0 win over Ngezi Platinum Stars last weekend to take their points tally to 12 from five matches.

The Bulawayo giants will be expected to collect maximum points against a Chapungu side that anchors the log with only two points from six matches.

After failing to pick up maximum points in their last three matches, Ngezi Platinum hope to get back to winning ways when they host Shabanie Mine at Baboab Stadium.

The platinum miners lost to Yadah, drew with CAPS United before losing again to Bosso in recent weeks.
ZPC Kariba v Bulawayo City (Nyamhunga), Tsholotsho v Harare City (Dulivadzimu), Ngezi Platinum v Shabanie Mine (Baobab), Chapungu v Highlanders (Ascot), Bantu Rovers v Yadah FC (Luveve)
Chicken Inn v How Mine (Luveve), FC Platinum v Hwange (Maglas), Triangle v Black Rhinos (Gibbo)—Godknows Matarutse

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