Maruwa wary of Harare City

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ta­dious Manyepo Sports Re­porter

BLACK RHI­NOS coach Her­bert Maruwa wants his charges to be com­pact at the back when they face Harare City in a resched­uled Premier­ship tie at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium this af­ter­noon.

Both clubs are gun­ning for a top eight fin­ish af­ter they all but se­cured their topflight sta­tus next sea­son.

Harare City are a point above the army side on 41, and they know a loss will not be ideal for their top-eight tar­get.

But, the soldiers, who have scored 11 goals in their last three matches could make life dif­fi­cult for the mu­nic­i­pal side who have the most num­ber of draws in the league.

Maruwa is not much wor­ried about goal-scor­ing as his charges have shown they can be clin­i­cal in re­cent weeks, but he is wor­ried about his de­fence.

De­spite the side scor­ing 11 times in the last three games, they still leaked in five goals, a sit­u­a­tion which is a cause for con­cern for the youth­ful coach.

“We are very much alert in our games and we will not change our game-plan against Harare City. I am not putting any pres­sure on my boys, they will march onto the pitch to en­joy them­selves,” said Maruwa.

“Harare City are a very good team, in fact one of the best in the Premier­ship. I have watched them play, well they are re­ally good. The way they pass the ball around is just some­thing else, their tran­si­tion is well up there and they can also be dan­ger­ous when at­tack­ing.

“Early in the sea­son, we had been hav­ing prob­lems in terms of scor­ing, but I am glad we are now scor­ing. We have al­ways been cre­at­ing chances, but we were largely un­able to fin­ish them off.

“In the re­cent matches we have been scor­ing, which is very en­cour­ag­ing. I have no doubt that as long as we cre­ate chances, we will con­tinue to score,”

He said the Sun­shine Boys are dif­fi­cult to beat, but his team, which forced the City to a goal­less draw in the first round, will rise to the oc­ca­sion.

“Harare City are a good side and we do re­spect them, but we also want to win the match. We are gun­ning for a top eight fin­ish and if we win against Harare City, we will take a huge step to­wards that goal.

“But we need to be very com­pact in de­fence to avoid let­ting in goals. I am still not very much happy with the way we are con­ced­ing. We scored 11 goals in the last three matches, but we also con­ceded five in those games, which is not a good sign of a team which wants to do well. When you score, you are sup­posed to de­fend those goals. That we have not been do­ing in a con­vinc­ing way.

“We need to sta­bilise our de­fence and be the team which is able to both score and de­fend the goals,” Maruwa said.

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