Godknows Matarutse Sports Reporter
FORMER Premiership side Mwana Africa have revealed that they are finding it difficult to motivate players because of inadequate financial resources needed to lift their morale. Mwana Africa will be desperate to collect maximum points when
they engage a wounded Power Master in a mid-week Zifa Northern Region Division One fixture at Gwanzura this afternoon.
The Bindura miners got off to a false start in the current campaign - losing three, drawing two and managed just one win in six matches.
That poor run has left Mwana Africa sitting third from bottom with five points.
Mwana Africa had a strong shout for the championship last season but collapsed in the final lap where an unexpected defeat to DC Academy took them out of the race and they eventually settled for fourth place.
The nickel miners have been on a rebuilding exercise this year as they lost a number of key players such as Rapheal Manuwire, who was the league’s top goal
scorer, first choice goalkeeper Nomore Jones, Quality Kangadzi and Martin Mine who are now playing in the Premiership.
Veteran coach Peter Sakonda also parted ways with the miners.
Mwana Africa team manager, Victor Muziri, conceded yesterday that their team had hit hard times but says it’s still early days yet.
Muziri believes his team will bounce back, starting with a game against Power Master.
“As you are aware that the mine is closed, we are broke so it’s hard to motivate the players.
“We are working on limited resources and you cannot expect good results from such a situation, the sponsorship is very weak.
“We also lost our key players at the beginning of the season and we had to look for players from our sister club here in Bindura and life has to go on.
“It’s not like we are surrendering yet, we are working hard to make sure we come up with something for the welfare of the players.
“We are fully prepared for the match against Power Master and if we play badly then it has to be a draw.
“We have a capable pool of players to choose from and they are eager for success, I am sure they will deliver,” said Muziri.
Power Master, early pacestters before hitting a bad patch, are also eager to stem the slide.
Coach Tonderai Marume’s men have lost their last two games and the former Shooting Stars mentor was in bullish mood yesterday saying there was no room for more mistakes in his camp.
“We are going out for maximum points against Mwana Africa, we had a serious talk as a team and we worked on our shortcomings, especially in defence, which has been our biggest letdown.
“We want to start winning matches and avoid dropping points so that we stay within a shouting distance at the end,” said Marume.
In other matches lined up for this afternoon, leaders ZPC Kariba date JMC Academy in Shamva hoping to maintain their good start to the season.
ZPC will, however, be missing the services of their influential striker Patrick Makuvaza who was sent off in their win against Blue Jets.
Eiffel flats welcome Nesbert “Yabo’’ Saruchera’s Black Rhinos in a battle of former Premiership sides at Rimuka.
Black Rhinos are currently on third position with Eiffel occupying seventh place on the log.
Eiffel Flats v Black Rhinos (Rimuka), Flame Lilly v Banket (Chikurubi), Twalumba v Scotia (Rufaro), Dstv v Skyline (Old Hararians), AYSA v Jumbo Giants (Hellenics), Power Master v Mwana Africa (Gwanzura) JMC Academy v ZPC Kariba (Shamva)
DC Academy v Blue Jets (Gwanzura)