Mangwiro blames ‘careless’ defense

19 June 2017

TRIANGLE coach Taurai Mangwiro has blamed his defense for their 2-0 lose to Harare City at National Sports Stadium on Sunday.

Veteran defender Guthrie Zhokinyu gifted City the first goal at the end of the first half when his intended back pass from a header beat his own goalkeeper Chris Mverechena.

“I think we gifted it to them. There was a mix up between the defender and the goalkeeper, just lack of communication and we conceded unnecessarily.

“If I look at today’s (Sunday) performance I wouldn’t say it was dismal, it wasn’t dismal from our side in terms of performance but just some carelessness in defense.

“We conceded in a similar fashion against Yadah FC in our previous match and we had some chances (in this match) that if we concentrated well and grabbed our opportunities we could have won it,” said Mangwiro.

The Sunshine Boys doubled their lead in the 64th minute when an unmarked William Manondo rose above everyone to head home in the box.

“They just capitalised on the few chances they got. But once again it was also poor concentration on their second goals and we got punished for that,” he said.

And for Mangwiro, it was disappointing to drop points against his former team.

“This is disappointing, very disappointing. Who would want to lose against his old team? This is a match I wanted to win at all costs. We talked about it and I told my players that if there is a game that I want to win, it was this one.

“I even told them (players) that a team that is going to apply their game plan well will win and that is just what happened.

“We wanted to win this but at the end we gifted it to them.

“It’s unfortunate that we gave confidence a team that is struggling at home.”

And it is still work in progress for Harare City coach Philani ‘Beefy’ Ncube.

The Sunshine Boys had a poor run at home and Beefy is happy that results are starting to come.

“It’s still work in progress and we just took from where we left against Platinum (FC).

“We were very positive and there are certain areas that we rectified and there is improvement. We dominated possession though we failed to convert all the chances but we managed to win,” said Beefy.