They were billed to be early front runners in the Castle Lager Premier League title tussle but Harare City and FC Platinum have surprised many with their slow start in the campaign.
This has thrust their respective coaches Bigboy Mawiwi and Lloyd Mutasa as early favourites for the season’s first casualties.
It’s only two games in the season and it’s still early days, but after another signing spree by both sides, the Sunshine Boys’ and platinum miners’ bosses expected their teams to have a headstart in the seaon.
Yet both sides are languishing in the lower echelons of the league with a single point between them after FC Platinum’s draw away to Moses Chunga’s Chiredzi FC.
Harare City has suffered two dispiriting defeats and are desperate to get on with the next set of games to put things right.
It is not the results that have sent alarm bells, but the manner of defeats in both matches. They were humbled 3-0 by Chicken Inn before Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Caps United at Rufaro.
The Sunshine Boys were expected to win both matches comfortably as Chicken Inn lost key players, Kuda Mahachi and defender Felix Chindungwe to Highlanders during the off-season while Caps United also had a player exodus at the end of last season.
The defeat to Chicken Inn reflects a deficiency that can make the Harare City Council bosses rather uncomfortable after spending so much and promising to fork out US$1,6 million on the team.
Mawiwi, who guided Harare City to a third spot finish last season — has not suddenly become a bad coach, but that turnaround should be effected immediately.
City face a tricky assignment when they play new boys ZPC Kariba at Gwanzura while it will be no easier for FC Platinum who travel to Bulawayo to face Chicken Inn.
Sunday: Hwange v Triangle (Colliery), Shabanie v Black Rhinos (Maglas), Caps United v Buffaloes (Gwanzura), Chapungu v How Mine (Ascot).
Monday: Chicken Inn v Fc Platinum, Chiredzi v Highlanders, Bantu Rovers v Dynamos (Barbourfields), ZPC Kariba v Harare City (Gwanzura).