Takaringofa on rel­e­ga­tion

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DE­SPITE los­ing six games — two of them against FC Plat­inum and High­landers in 48 hours — out of nine, Mutare City Rovers gaffer Joseph “Shabba” Takaringofa is not wor­ried and in­sists he has tact to stir the side out of rel­e­ga­tion by the end of the premier­ship sea­son.

Mutare City Rovers have lost six of their league matches, drew three and won one — rais­ing strong fears that Gusha Bhora will kiss the league a bye at the end of the sea­son if re­sults on pitch con­tinue to be elu­sive.

How­ever, in an in­ter­view on Wed­nes­day fol­low­ing his side’s de­feat by High­landers the pre­vi­ous day, Takaringofa put up a brave face say­ing the talk of rel­e­ga­tion was pre­ma­ture.

He said the con­sec­u­tive losses against FC Plat­inum and High­landers were not se­ri­ous set­back as his team dis­played a good brand of foot­ball.

The gaffer said his aim and fo­cus was now to col­lect max­i­mum points against Black Rhinos. Gusha Bhora will host Black Rhinos at Ven­gere Sta­dium on Sun­day — a game they must win at all costs to en­hance their chances of re­tain­ing a slot in the elite league next sea­son.

Shabba main­tained that he was un­per­turbed by the de­feat to High­landers as his play­ers played im­pres­sive foot­ball.

“We lost to High­landers, yes, but it is not like the boys played badly. Some­times as a coach you have to look at the cal­i­bre of the team that you lost to. The boys played very well, and it was just un­for­tu­nate that lady luck did not smile at us. Big teams will re­main big teams and High­landers is one of those teams. High­landers are a good side. It has noth­ing to do with the boys’ fit­ness be­cause all of them are very fit.

“I am not read­ing too much into the last two de­feats, I am ac­tu­ally happy with the way the play­ers re­sponded to the tac­tics. It’s only that we cre­ated some mis­takes here and there and we got pun­ished.

“When it comes to the is­sue of be­ing rel­e­gated can­di­dates, as a coach I am not wor­ried about that at all. I am just proud of the way the boys are play­ing though the re­sults are still to come our way. It is pre­ma­ture to talk of that at this junc­ture,” said Takaringofa.

Takaringofa in­sists he will make a ma­jor surgery in his squad as he ex­pects noth­ing short of max­i­mum points.

“We have now shifted our fo­cus to the Black Rhinos game. We have to col­lect max­i­mum points at all costs. We do not have any choice other than col­lect­ing the three set of points against Black Rhinos. There is not much dif­fer­ence be­tween them and us. We will also bank on the home ad­van­tage. We urge all our sup­port­ers to come and cheer the boys, es­pe­cially when the chips are down. We will de­liver the goods. It is just un­for­tu­nate that the de­sired re­sults have been slow to come de­spite the team dis­play­ing a good brand of at­tack­ing foot­ball,” he said.

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