Beefy’s City job safe

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

THE Bu­l­awayo City FC ex­ec­u­tive is at peace with its team’s per­for­mance in the first half of the Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier Soc­cer League sea­son, with club vice-chair­man Zenzo Moyo say­ing they were within their sea­son’s tar­get.

City are 12th on the league ta­ble with 20 points from 16 matches, eight points above the drop zone.

The mu­nic­i­pal club’s points were amassed from five wins, iden­ti­cal 1-0 score lines against Chicken Inn, Ngezi Plat­inum, Mutare City, Hwange and Border Strik­ers. They drew with How Mine, ZPC Kariba, High­landers, Cha­pungu and Tri­an­gle United.

They lost to Tsholot­sho, Harare City, Caps United, Dy­namos and twice to FC Plat­inum.

Moyo said City’s goal is a top eight fin­ish and the club’s lead­er­ship is “fully be­hind” coach Phi­lani Ncube, bring­ing to an end ru­mours that his job was un­der threat.

“We’ve a crazy, drunk league whereby any team can beat any­one. There are no clear favourites and as a club we’ve an­a­lysed the ta­ble and noted that just three or four con­sec­u­tive wins can take us into the top six, which is very much pos­si­ble,” said Moyo.

“It should also be noted that three de­feats can leave us in the rel­e­ga­tion zone, but we’re not think­ing about a sur­vival fight be­cause we’ve a good side led by a com­pe­tent tech­ni­cal team.

‘‘Of course, is­sues of in­con­sis­tency have been high­lighted, but al­most all the teams in the league have strug­gled for con­sis­tency.

‘‘We can’t fire the coach be­cause we don’t want to rock the ship,” he said.

City take on Border Strik­ers at Dulivhadz­imu Sta­dium in Beit­bridge on the back of a 0-1 loss to FC Plat­inum.

Their op­po­nents, who an­chor the ta­ble, drew 1-1 with How Mine last week­end and will fancy their chances of up­set­ting City.

Moyo stoked the flames ahead of to­day’s en­counter say­ing: “At City we don’t talk about rel­e­ga­tion is­sues, maybe you can ask Border Strik­ers, Mutare City or any other team be­hind us about that sub­ject.

‘‘We’re clearly not rel­e­ga­tion ma­te­rial and that’s why we’ve said from the on­set that our tar­get is a top eight fin­ish.”

Moyo risks be­ing left eat­ing hum­ble pie af­ter to­day’s trip to Beit­bridge be­cause the border town club may shock City.

Newly signed de­fen­sive mid­fielder Kelvin Mad­zongwe, a for­mer Mpopoma High School pupil, who is back from the United States of Amer­ica, cap­tain Xolisani Moyo, In­no­cent Kut­sanzira and Manuel Mandi­ranga will form City’s mid­field with either Felix Kutswatuka and Mkhokheli Dube lead­ing their at­tack.

Dube has been waste­ful for City and sta­tis­tics are not in favour of the vet­eran for­ward, who is yet to score in 16 league games.

Mad­zongwe had a ter­rific game against FC Plat­inum and will be key in de­stroy­ing Strik­ers if he main­tains his form.

The ta­ble an­chors will, among other play­ers, bank on Tal­ent Sande, Shel­ton Mazumba, David Tito, Michael Variso, God­frey Mukambi, Kudzanai Kwashi and Prince Sibanda. — @ZililoR

Bu­l­awayo City FC vice-chair­man, Zenzo Moyo

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