Shepard Mbilikila, Sports Reporter
Black Rhinos coach Hebert Maruwa said they are not dwelling much on the reported instability within the Highlanders camp.
He fears this might be mind games by the Bulawayo giants.
Rhinos’ preparations have been going smoothly and host Bosso in their opening encounter of the Premiership season set to start on March 30.
Maruwa says he will concentrate on his side as they gear up for their first Premiership game.
“Highlanders have always been a big team and whatever is happening in their camp is their business.
“What we have to do is focus on strengthening our team and get our job done.
“We never know maybe Highlanders are playing mind games. We have to work extremely hard to perform at our very best level, because they might be playing us,” Maruwa said.
In his second term as head coach at Rhinos, Maruwa is optimistic having assembled a formidable side.
The army side has roped into their ranks players like Gift Saunyama, Marvelous Mukumba, Fransisco Zekumbawire, Andrew Thandi, Moses Demera and Leeroy Murape among others.
“We cannot be going in and out a season maintaining the same position on log standings.
“This season we are striving to achieve a top five finish. We want to improve,” he added.
Rhinos also beefed up their technical team roping in former Yadah coach Thomas Ruzive to deputise Maruwa.
“Looking at the new players we roped in, they are with no doubt the right guys for the job.
“The progress is overwhelming and our preparations are going on well.
“They have filled the void that was created with those who left the club and they are blending in well.
“We are now focusing more on the fitness and building combinations,” he said.
Chauya Chipembere played Mbare FC on Wednesday at Motor Action Sports Club, winning 2-0.
“We are not dwelling much on the results but rather we are looking at rating our performance and our type of play. That is why we are doing much of friendly games,” added Maruwa.