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Chiragwi keeps cards close to chest

NGEZI Platinum gaffer Takesure Chiragwi

NGEZI Platinum gaffer Takesure Chiragwi says he is not putting his players under pressure by setting high targets ahead of the 2023 Castle Lager Premier League, and has instead told his charges to “trust the process”.

Over the last seasons, the Mhondoro-based side has struggled to sustain a title challenge which has remained in FC Platinum's firm grip.

However, Chiragwi appears to be keeping his cards close to his chest, revealing little about his strategies. All he has said so far is that the team and club should “trust the process” and his leadership.

“We are in a process. We just need to trust the process so that we are able to achieve what we are targeting,” Chiragwi said.

“Right now, it's not about how we are winning the friendly games, but we are looking at how we are applying the things we are doing in training. This includes attacking and defence. I'm happy we are improving. We are learning and noting where we need to correct.  The basics now is to have more combinations in attack and defence. We are happy with the progress.”

Ngezi Platinum beat Sheasham 1-0 in a friendly match played at the Gweru Sports Club on Saturday.

And as the 2023 season beckons, pressure will be on Chiragwi and his men to finally present a sustained title challenge.

What has perhaps been their main drawback since promotion has been the rapid hiring and firing of coaches.

First it was Clifton Kadurira, followed by Tonderai Ndiraya, who was shown the exit door despite concerted efforts to turn Madamburo into a formidable juggernaut.

Erol Akbay, Rodwell Dhlakama and Benjani Mwaruwari proceeded in that order, but were fired without achieving anything meaningful.

Mwaruwari was the latest man to be fired from the Ngezi Platinum hot seat halfway through the season. The former Warriors marksman did not even last a full season.

And it was Chiragwi who finished the season at the helm of the team before he was appointed substantive coach.

The former Shabanie Mine tactician is first to acknowledge the mammoth task that is ahead of him, but is brimming with confidence of ending the club's long wait for a PSL title.

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