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Bigboy guides Sunshine Boys near the stars!

[Posted 22 Nov 2013]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Bigboy Mawiwi of Harare City

The penultimate week of the Zimbabwe Castle Premier Soccer
League season saw the unexpected drama and confirmation of the arrival of a
Bigboy onto the scene of other big boys of Zimbabwean topflight football. The
shrewdness of a maturing tactician was on display, as Bigboy Mawiwi's
Harare City demolished former log leaders Highlanders 4-0 at Rufaro
Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

With the victory, the Sunshine Boys or Kanzuru, as City are affectionately
known, replaced Bosso at the summit of the Castle PSL and have now moved
exactly two (2) points clear of second-placed Dynamos with 53 points after 29
games. Dembare had to fight back from 0-2 down to Chicken Inn to
steal a point after a 2-2 draw against the hosts at Barbourfields Stadium.

City's victory and Bosso's capitulation under the simmering heat of Harare's
Rufaro has ignited many theories as to what might have gone right for the visitors
and want could have gone terribly wrong for the visiting Bulawayo giants.

Some were quick to point out to the fact that Bosso were not at their best on
the day because their head coach Kelvin Kaindu was away in England where he is
pursuing a UEFA coaching licence qualification. It is proffered that stand-in
coach Bekithemba Ndlovu  was found wanting at tactical level, hence the
heavy defeat.

Granted, the decision by Ndlovu to leave out his best central midfielder Peter Moyo on the bench and trusted attacking midfielder Milton Ncube should have shocked most neutrals.Coupled with the absence of Dumisani Ndlovu at the back, Bosso struggled to deal with the marauding City attacking midfielders.

While it may be correct that Bosso were a pale shadow of themselves on Sunday, a
proper analysis however should not take away anything from the team that beat
them 4-0 in a crucial match, and a team that has shown a serious intent to win
the league title only on their second attempt from the beginning of the season.

Mawiwi, proved to be a master tactician when it mattered most. During the match, Mawiwi made a few tactical changes which turned the match in City's favour. He moved Crispen Dickson from the heart of defence into the key holding midfield position, deciding to bench the reliable James Jam. He chose to go with the central defence of Nyamutsaka and David Kutyauripo.

In attacking midfield, he decided to play the hugely talented Silas Songani on the right channel, and the strategy was two-fold. Firstly, it was aimed at keeping Highlanders left back Bruce Kangwa busy and minimise the danger he poses when he makes his darting forays forward on counter attacks. The second aim of deploying Songani on the right was to hit Bosso on a counter during the moments when Kangwa is tempted to go forward.

Mawiwi realised that Bosso's most meaningful moves involve Kangwa from the left. Keeping Nathan Ziwini on the left side of midfield, meant that Kangwa had his hands full, and the Warriors trialist appeared frustrated throughout the match as he found Songani a handful.

Songani created the second goal scored by double scorer Ziwini, after Ziwini, Vengesai and Songani combined well. Songani then put the icing on the cake with an individual performance, roasting Innocent Mapuranga on the right, before unleashing an unstoppable grounder past Munyaradzi Diya.

William Manondo scored City's second goal as they ran out 4-0 winners against fellow title-chasers Highlanders.

The City v Highlanders fixture was always going to have a huge say about who was going to win the Castle Lager PSL title, just as much as the result of the City v CAPS United on the final day of the league season may determine the winner of this year's title.

The manner the Bosso and Sunshine Boys' coaches were going to approach this fixture was always going to be crucial. Before the match, it was clear that the result was going to be decided by bench tactics and player application on the field of play.

Bigboy Mawiwi demonstrated on the day, when it matters most, that the Bigboy had arrived on the big scene to play with big boys, and it is advantage to City! Now the title is for Mawiwi and his Sunshine Boys to lose, and Bosso and Dembare to wrestle it away from them.

As it stands, Bigboy and his Sunshine Boys are closer to their first star than Dynamos are to their 20th star. The nation cannot wait the Sunday of reckoning!


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