HARARE - Harare City coach Taurai Mangwiro has admitted he is not expecting the warmest welcome at Rufaro Stadium this afternoon to face former paymasters CAPS United in a Castle Premiership match.
Mangwiro, who led United, to a third place finish in the 2014 Castle Premiership season left suddenly at the end of the campaign.
His sudden departure and subsequent appointment at City left the Green Machine family reeling and fans angry.
The former Monomotapa coach will now have to face CAPS for the first time since then.
“I am not expecting a warm welcome from CAPS fans; I think it is very normal in football,” Mangwiro told the Daily News yesterday.
“But people should understand it’s the nature of football world over. I felt it was time for me to pass the button. I am now at Harare City and life has to go on. I have no hard feelings going into this match.
“In fact, it’s difficult for me to lead any team against Caps United but I will be looking to get a positive result. Personally, I don’t begrudge anyone.
“I am actually looking forward to a good game. I don’t want to take anything away from Caps United. They are a good side. I am also indebted to Caps they played a big part especially during my Asiagate ban.
“But I am now Harare City and I am working hard to improve the team.”
Mangwiro lauded the two-week break saying it has revitalized his squad and helped injured players get to full fitness.
City have so far not justified their spending spree during the off season and will be desperate to start picking up maximum points.
After a disappointing 2014 season, City had plunged into the transfer market to reinforce their squad after appointing a star-studded technical team led by former Caps United coach Mangwiro.
For United, today’s match will be Mark Mathe’s first competitive assignment since his appointment as Makepekepe’s interim coach following the departure of Mark Harrison earlier this month.
The Green Machine and Harare City are tied on 20 points nine behind log leaders Chicken Inn after just 13 matches.