Mangwiro out to prove a point

Langton Nyakwenda

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HARARE CITY coach Taurai Mangwiro is one of the best qualified coaches on the local scene, it has emerged.

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Harare City, seen here celebrating one of their goals at Mandava last Saturday, are scoring for fun, much to the delight of their coach Taurai Mangwiro. — Picture : Paul Mundandi

Harare City, seen here celebrating one of their goals at Mandava last Saturday, are scoring for fun, much to the delight of their coach Taurai Mangwiro. — Picture : Paul Mundandi

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He holds the continent’s highest coaching qualification — the CAF A Licence — which he has beefed up with the globally-recognised Germany B Licence.

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Mangwiro also serves as a CAF coaching instructor.

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However, despite possessing such impressive papers, the City mentor has not won any major silverware in a coaching career spanning close to a decade.

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A four-team Heroes Day Cup he clinched with Masvingo United in 2007 remains Mangwiro’s only piece of silverware.

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Harare City are in the Chibuku Super Cup final where they will meet Dynamos, the side that gave their coach a name and gives him a torrid time each time he faces them.

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Mangwiro is yet to taste victory over Dynamos and there is a growing notion that the gaffer — who has played his own small part in winning DeMbare their last two championships — is so attached to DeMbare that he cannot plot their downfall.

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However, the Harare City mentor said he is eager to rubbish that notion and is looking forward to this afternoon’s league clash against the defending champions.

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“This game gives me an opportunity to clear the speculation, myth or theory that Mangwiro is always out to aid Dynamos,” said the Sunshine Boys’ coach.

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“Yes, while I was at Caps United, we held Harare City in 2013 and last year we beat ZPC Kariba both on the last day of the season and those results denied our opponents the title. Dynamos benefited.

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“However, that had nothing to do with me aiding Dynamos, it was all about Mangwiro doing his job.

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“I am my own man, a coach with his own ambitions and targets. Yes, Dynamos are coming from a high, they beat log leaders Chicken Inn in their own backyard and obviously expectations are high in their camp.

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“But it is not like our season at City is over, we still have much to fight for, so Dynamos should expect no favours from us.”

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Mangwiro was in charge in 2013 when Makepekepe restricted Harare City to a 2-2 draw at the National Sports when a win would have seen the Sunshine Boys land their maiden title.

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DeMbare capitalised and beat Black Mambas 2-0 to bag their third successive title.

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Last season, Mangwiro masterminded Caps United’s stunning 3-2 victory over hot favourites ZPC Kariba at Gwanzura when a draw would have seen the electricians clinch the title on their debut season.

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DeMbare again capitalised, beating How Mine 3-0 to clinch their fourth straight championship.

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However, at Harare City Mangwiro is not the only one with a strong connection with Dynamos.

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City’s senior players David Kutyauripo, Themba Ndlovu, Martin Vengesayi, Fransisco Zekumbawire, Nathan Ziwini, Timire Mamvura, Maxwell Nyamupanedengu and Tafadzwa Dube all passed through DeMbare.

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Even their chairman, Alois Masepe, is a former DeMbare executive member.

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“We are a very professional outfit, I am a professional coach and the players are professionals,” said Mangwiro.

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City have struggled for consistency throughout the season, failing to stitch together three consecutive wins in a season they were expected to mount a strong challenge for the league title.

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Resultantly, Mangwiro has faced criticism for failing to utilise the vast talent at his disposal but that backlash has not been coming from his bosses at Town House.

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Masepe and his team have always maintained that the former Masvingo and Monomotapa coach is the right man for the job.

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And Mangwiro reckons he finally has the right mix for success.

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“We have hit top form and the general standard of play has improved over the last five games. That is very encouraging for us, we are scoring for fun and the good thing is that the goals are coming from all corners.

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“We have also greatly improved on our defending, I have always been insisting on patience. It’s not like you wake up tomorrow and everything has fallen into place. Building a formidable team is a process not an event,” he said.

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“There is nothing that suits me better than being realistic, I don’t want to promise heaven on earth. It is good to look at where the club is coming from before promising too much.

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“I am a very ambitious coach though, I also want to be on that podium but I have seen over the years how much time it has taken me to build teams . . . go back to Monomotapa and Caps United.

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“I was at those teams for more than two years and once you have that time with a team, then there shouldn’t be any excuse for failure.

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“I can win the championship with Harare City next year, we have a strong squad and the working environment is conducive but we needed to gel first.”

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As most of his puzzle pieces fall into place, Mangwiro is ruing some of his transfer market transactions.

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“There are players whom I rated highly who have disappointed and I will have to make some important changes when the season ends.

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“But do not expect wholesome changes again. Some of my signings delivered, Themba (Ndlovu) has played in all our competitive games, Dube is a top keeper and Samanja’s game has picked of late.

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“I can only ask for more from Honey (Chimutimunzeve), who scored only two goals, but I am totally disappointed with Nicholas Alifandika and Lincoln Zvasiya . . . they betrayed my trust and we have since de registered them,” said Mangwiro.

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Winning the Chibuku Super Cup would almost guarantee Mangwiro a longer stay at Harare City even if he fails to finish inside the top six.

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“The Chibuku Super Cup is of vital importance, it would atone for a season where expectations were very high.

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“At least we would have something to point at and say this is what we achieved during our tenure. This cup could go a long way in appeasing the disgruntled people within the set up,” admitted the City mentor.

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Three weeks made in heaven

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Langton Nyakwenda

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GOALKEEPER Maxwell Nyamupanedengu has been a key character in City’s purple patch.

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The 30-year-old Nyamupanedengu, who returned to first team action three weeks ago after a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury, is confident that he will keep delivering.

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“It’s good to be back, it has been a very long time on the sidelines. That injury gave me a scare, it was a major setback but I thank God the knee operation I had in March was successful,” he said.

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Nyamupanedengu was in top form at Mandava last Saturday as Harare City romped to a 4-1 victory over ZPC Kariba to book a berth in the Chibuku Super Cup.

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He has now started in three consecutive matches and conceding just once since regaining the first team jersey from veteran Tafadzwa Dube. His break back into the team came three weeks ago in the Chibuku Super Cup quarter-final when Dube was excused to attend a family function.

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Nyamupanedengu didn’t disappoint and kept a fine clean sheet in the 5-0 thumping of Triangle at the National Sports Stadium.

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The goalie saved a penalty and made some vital saves as City survived an onslaught from a vengeful Triangle in a league match that ended 0-0 at Rufaro a week later.

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However, Nyamupanedengu is aware the competition at the star-studded Harare City will not allow him to rest on his laurels.

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“All the keepers at City — Dube, the young Tatenda Munditi and I — are all highly competitive. It is just a matter of who the coach picks on match day. “But I must acknowledge it has been wonderful working with an experienced goalie like Dube, he knows a lot and I have been learning a lot from him,” said Nyamupanedengu on the sidelines of his team’s workout at Gwanzura last Wednesday.

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Nyamupanedengu strongly believes that the birth of daughter Mazvita brought blessings.

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“It can’t just be coincidence that my return to action came at the same time that Mazvita was born. Her coming is a blessing, the name says it all,” he enthused.

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