RYAN IMPRESSES DAD
23 April 2018
HARARE City coach Mark Harrison was happy his son Ryan kept a clean sheet against Black Rhinos at Rufaro on Saturday, but he was quick to point out that they must get everything right.
The two sides played a goalless draw in a match Black Rhinos was the better side, and came out of the game feeling hard done after a penalty appeal was turned down.
Ryan got his debut on a day Harare City tried to bounce back from the previous 3-1 defeat to FC Platinum. Maxwell Nyamupangedengu was first choice since the season started.
“I’m pleased it is a clean sheet for him but you know what, I look at a bigger picture. I don’t have a problem with him playing so there is no issue there.
“I’m looking at the bigger picture which is the 90 minutes. And I’m disappointed obviously because we dropped two points. We have to pick ourselves up,” Harrison said.
He added: “No I’m not happy with the game, no. I didn’t really think we turned up today. Look, you have to give credit to Rhinos, they pressed us for 80 minutes probably.
“They made life for us difficult from the start. They didn’t give us any room, they came with a game plan and they were successful with it.
“I thought the last 10 or 15 minutes we had a bit more of the ball because they were getting tired.
“They couldn’t close us down as much and we did create a couple of chances, and we could have won in the end. But we didn’t do enough to win the game.”
A win for Harare City would have put them in a better position.
“Maybe a draw is okay. We did keep a clean sheet and that is a bonus. When we are at home we just have to win the game. So I’m not happy, we are too nice at times. We have to impose ourselves on the opposition a little bit more.”
The attacking players could not maintain ball possession, with striker Kuda Musharu the biggest culprit.
“I don’t think we kept the ball at all for all 90 minutes. You can’t point the finger at one player. I thought at the back, in midfield and in front we lost possession. We were giving it away cheaply.
“On the ball you have to be stronger and you have to feel the defenders. You have to be strong mentally to play. If you want to be a top side, you have to deal with it,” said the Harare City coach.
Black Rhinos coach Herbert Maruwa believes they deserved better.
“It is unfortunate we do not have control on such things,” he said, referring to their penalty appeal.
“It was a good show by the boys though. They fought for every ball it’s only that we didn’t get a goal. At least we were creating chances and I’m sure it’s a matter of the time before we start scoring more goals,” said Maruwa.