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DARLINGTON Dodo feels he is beginning to make an impact at former Zimbabwe champions Gunners as he adjusts to life back in domestic football after years working in foreign lands.

The nomadic coach has reunited with his old club, Gunners, after a spell in Botswana where he coached Township Rollers.

Dodo has been handed the assignment to try and bring Gunners back into the top-flight league and he believes his team is having a decent start.

Their next match is against an unpredictable DStv Rangers at Callies where, a week ago, Gunners were held to a surprise 1-1 draw against lowly Starbill.

“I am impressed by the performance as I joined the club just a few days before the first round of games and I think the players are responding well and we are doing well,” said Dodo.

“We have some good players and I think, given more time together, we will improve but we know that it’s not going to be easy because every team in Division One wants to get promoted.

“The competition is very tense and I think it’s because we are all chasing just one slot for the Premier League and all the teams know that they can’t afford to relax. “Everyone wants to grab the opportunity to play in the Premier League and I have to say that I have been impressed by the quality of the teams that I have seen playing.”

His men beat ZRP Morris 2-1 in their last game and they are two points shy of leaders Ngezi Platinum and Black Rhinos. The former Premiership champions were runners-up in the marathon last year under the guidance of Kuda Masaraure. His failure to land the ticket into the Premiership, having led the race by five points with as many games to go, saw the leadership bringing in Dodo.

The Gunners coach says his team needs to improve their conversion rate.

“It has been our challenge not to convert chances,” said Dodo.

“We are fighting for promotion this year and, in terms of preparations, we have only two injuries among our players and we will be assessing them.

Source : The Herald

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