HARARE City coach Taurai Mangwiro feels his team will benefit from their players who turned out for the Warriors at the 2016 CHAN finals in Rwanda. The Sunshine Boys host AS Adema from Madagascar in a Confederation Cup preliminary round, first leg match on February 13. On Monday, William Manondo, Fransesco Zekumbawire, Ronald Chitiyo, Farai Madhananga, Blessing Moyo and Raphael Manuvire, who were part of the CHAN adventure, joined their teammates for the first time this year.
And Mangwiro is happy that they were part of the CHAN show. “Their fitness level is higher than most of the players here and it is a plus for us,” he said. “Their experience at CHAN could obviously come in hand for us if only they can quickly blend with the other players.” Manondo scored the only goal for Zimbabwe at the tournament.
“They (the players) did fairly well but I agree it could have been better. The Warriors coach gave them feedback on their performances but I will also discuss with them one or two things, and if anything, I would want them to fit into the system,” said Mangwiro.
And, luckily, for Harare City, their players didn’t pick any injuries. Only Zekumbawire is yet to get the ball rolling as he has a severe headache. Chitiyo is also nursing a knee injury and is being monitored by the team’s physiotherapist. Harare City could complete their preparations with away friendly matches against Chicken Inn and newboys Bulawayo City over the weekend.
“Things are taking shape and I am happy with the level of fitness. We have a couple of injuries and let’s hope they will shake off soon. “James Jam missed the Mutare outing and we also have some other guys like Crispen Dickson who didn’t play in the last match and Tafadzwa Dube got injured during the match.
“We managed to score three goals against Mutare City but conceded two but that does not mean much as we don’t want to read much into these games. “The matches are not about score-lines as we were making changes of up to six players but about the attitude of players and observing some shortcomings here and there.
“There are still areas to polish up,” said Mangwiro.