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HARARE City coach Bigboy Mawiwi is targeting his first win this afternoon to ease the mounting pressure when they host Buffaloes at Rufaro.

City have been suffering from internal problems and yesterday the club’s secretary-general Tarisai Kwenda, who has been accused of meddling with the team, was set to face the axe.

Mawiwi yesterday hinted they would need to pick up the pieces and continue with their fight following the 3-1 defeat to Dynamos last Sunday which left them trapped at the base of the table.

“Of course, morale is a bit low but they remain focused. These are some of the things that we have been addressing because if you look at it the guys are playing very well,” said Mawiwi.

“I can’t single out any game but in the last match, we lost concentration and we were punished. I believe the guys are learning the hard way. We have been losing matches and now it’s time we start collecting points.”

City have been battling injuries of late and while they welcomed influential midfielder Nathan Ziwini and striker Martin Vengesai, who returned in the last game against Dynamos, it appears the scourge is still stalking them.

Central defender Crispen Dickson has joined the list of the injured after taking a knock on the knee in the defeat to Dynamos on Sunday.

Another experienced defender Witness Nyamutsaka is a long-term casualty while Munyaradzi Kunyarimwe and goalkeeper Maxwell Nyamupangedengu are still nursing injuries.

Their opponents Buffaloes have not had the best take-off as well.

They have only managed five points from four outings after winning once and drawing twice.

Newboys ZPC Kariba will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten run when they host FC Platinum at Gwanzura this afternoon.

“We are at home and we are going to do our best. We are not afraid of FC Platinum and we are going to show them what we are made of,” said coach Saul Chaminuka.

Dynamos will be heading to Chapungu tomorrow to face the Premiership returnees at Ascot.

Coach Callisto Pasuwa is battling injuries to most of his players as almost half the squad is down in the casualty ward.

Team manager Richard Chihoro yesterday said the situation has not changed and they might have to do without Cliff Sekete, Tawanda Muparati, Ocean Mushure, Clive Kawinga, Murape Murape, Sydney Linyama and Masimba Mambare.

Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino said they were ready for the champions. “Obviously, as the champions, we will give them the respect they deserve.

Source : The Herald

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