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HARARE City coach Bigboy Mawiwi believes he has a g team that can do well in the coming season after he missed the championship last year. The experienced gaffer believes losing in the Independence Trophy was not a true reflection of how his team will perform this year and is already looking forward to his first game of the season against Chicken Inn at Luveve on Saturday.

Mawiwi is hopeful that three of his key players will recover from some knocks before the weekend encounter and make the team.

“We have some injuries on three of our players with Nathan Ziwini suffering from a knee injury and did not take part in yesterday’s training, Talent Chawapihwa has a sheen while Arnold Chivheya has an ankle. I hope they will recover in time as we started our training on Tuesday.

“We will not underrate Chicken Inn as it is an organised team that has quality players so we look forward to a tough encounter.

Mawiwi also believes they have what it takes to challenge for honours this season and they are looking forward to the matches.

“We have managed to bring on several new players who if they fit well in system will make the team good enough. “There are many additions to the team and we were progressing well during the off season so now we look forward to the new season. We added some players in some departments we thought we were lacking and managed to maintain some of our players who did well during the last season where we finished as runners up. “I believe this season we will be well prepared to challenge for honours in both cup games and the league,” said Mawiwi.

Despite losing talisman Silas Songani to Europe they have captured eight other players whom they hope will help ignite their premiership title campaign this season.

The eight signings are Francisco Zekumbawire, Takudzwa Chimwemwe, Agrippa Muripa, Timire Mamvura, Misheck Mburayi, Mhleli Sibanda, Benson Maglasi and Arnorld Chivheya.

After signing 13 players in the 2013 season, many had thought the Harare side would struggle to gel, but reigning Coach of the Year Mawiwi defied odds as he built a formidable team that led the log standings for the better part of the season and were unlucky to slide into third place on the last day of the league campaign.

The Sunshine Boys will now get a first test of their preparations when they face tricky customers Gamecocks. Chicken Inn’s clash against Harare City will be one of the three matches which will be beamed live on Supersport from Bulawayo this weekend. The other matches to be screened will be the Bantu Rovers against Black Rhinos lunch-time kick off and Sunday’s clash between How Mine and Dynamos at Barbourfields.

Source : The Herald