Curtworth Masango

NESBERT “Yabo” Saruchera says the loss of key players during the transfer window will not cripple Cranborne Bullets’ battle against relegation.

The Hurricanes get the second half of their campaign underway with a sisterly affair against Black Rhinos at Bata Stadium in Gweru tomorrow.

Rhinos are bottom of the league with 12 points from 17 matches while the Bullets are a point above them in 17th place.

Saruchera has lost some influential players and are winless in their last five games.

The trio of Kudakwashe Chidhonza, Eric Manokore, and Tadiwa Chibunyu, who were an integral part of the team in the first half of the season, left the club to join MWOS, CAPS United and Chicken Inn.

Saruchera said the move by the players shows they are doing a good job in nurturing the footballers and developing them into athletes being sought by other clubs.

“When a player moves for greener pastures it makes me happy as a coach,” said the coach.

“It also reveals that I am doing something right in terms of player development.

“So, I am not worried, we are just working on the replacements and hoping that it works.”

The Bullets have generally struggled against Chipembere in league matches.

“It’s a derby for us,” said Saruchera.

“As a coach, I am looking forward to it as it is an important match for us.

“We have been working hard as a team to turn the tables after results didn’t come our way in recent games.

“We are looking to break the jinx against the Rhinos.

“We haven’t won against them in the league except in the last Chibuku Super Cup in Mutare.

“We are keen on bringing this jinx to an end and starting on a new page.”

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