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IT just keeps getting worse for Harare City and even their coach Bigboy Mawiwi appears dumbfounded by his team’s failure to win.

The Sunshine Boys slumped to their fifth successive defeat yesterday to remain rooted at the bottom of the table and their statistics so far barely resemble those of a team that fought for the championship title only to falter on the final day and allow Dynamos to snatch it from under their noses.

Not even the presence of Harare Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni could inspire Harare City to their maiden victory yesterday as they succumbed to a fifth league defeat at the hands of Buffaloes.

Tafadzwa Mombeshora’s first half strike sealed victory for Buffaloes.

After defeats by CAPS United (2-1) Chicken Inn (3-0) ZPC Kariba (1-0) and last Sunday’s 3-1 hiding by Dynamos, Manyenyeni came to support his team with hope that they would finally turn the corner against Buffaloes.

But in the end, the Harare mayor who is also the club’s patron was left with the task of having to console skipper David Kutyauripo and his troops and show council’s solidarity with the side.

Manyenyeni said he would always try to come and cheer the players on whenever time permits and rallied behind the team which he believes is playing well and will soon start getting good results.

But a 30th minute long range strike from Buffaloes midfielder and former Shabanie Mine skipper Mombeshora condemned the hosts to yet another defeat and compounded their woes.

The goal was heartbreaking for the Sunshine Boys as their goalkeeper Muzondiwa Gonese was caught napping on the line and an instant ball had found its way into the nets.

Although they tried to fight back as they have often done in most of their games, Harare City missed some clear chances to force an equaliser leaving Mawiwi to blame some forces outside the football pitch.

“It is not about the performance on the football pitch. Unfortunately, I cannot divulge much. The youngsters are doing everything even at training they are scoring brilliant goals but they got chances and even failed to score into an empty net.

“Even the body language shows they are committed. It is just a matter of time and things will be fine,” Mawiwi said.

Mawiwi will now take his men to Mandava for a date against FC Platinum at the weekend, but the reigning Coach of the Year insisted he was not under pressure despite the poor results.

“I am a coach and losing and winning is part of the game. Whether you are on top or bottom of the log, there is always pressure but it is not the end of season yet and that is what matters.

“We are playing FC Platinum and we are positively going into that match,” said Mawiwi.

Buffaloes’ coach Luke Masomere said the victory was a huge morale booster going into the weekend’s match against Dynamos.

“The team played well and Tafadzwa scored a vital goal, but I wouldn’t want to single him out as they played as a unit. Apart from scoring, we played well and were much more organised especially in defence.

“We didn’t do much offensively, but we are happy we scrapped through. Now this match is water under the bridge and we are now preparing for Dynamos. My plan for Dynamos remains a secret, but there is a plan,” Masomere said.


Harare City: M. Gonese, D. Kutyauripo, T. Chiworeso, W. Nyamutsaka, M. Nyenye, J. Jam, W. Manondo, N. Ziwini, M. Sibanda (A. Murimba 55th minute), P. Bamusi (T. Chawapiwa 49th minute), M. Vengesayi (M. Mburayi 65th minute).

Buffaloes: B. Mwandimutsira, S. Choenda, M. Gutu, P. Matizanadzo, T. Mombeshora (L. Chakoroma 90th minute), P. Chandisaita, F. Bushiri, J. Takunda, J. Muzokomba, R. Mwenga (E. Dzumbunu 86th minute), A. Dzumbunu (M. Fenyika 75th minute).

Source : The Herald