Darlington Dodo

Fretful Dodo feels city heat

Fungai Muderere
BULAWAYO City head coach Darlington Dodo, who last Saturday watched his charges succumb to a one-nil defeat at the hands of visiting Black Rhinos at Barbourfields Stadium, is not a happy man.

Dodo assumed City’s hottest seat at the beginning of the year after the club parted ways with the now Highlanders assistant coach Mandla “Lulu” Mpofu and in the process the former was compelled to assemble a new-look squad.

Despite the fact that Amakhosi managed to get the signature of former Bosso captain Eric Mudzingwa, ex-How Mine diminutive midfielder Timothy January, experienced striker Toto Banda, midfielder Tatenda Tavengwa, gifted Lucky Ndlela and retained exciting Ishmael Wadi, positive results have been elusive.

“I’m still worried on our conversion rate. We need to do more and make sure we are more clinical infront of goal. In Takudzwa Ndoro we have a brilliant goalkeeper and we need to help him not to concede,” said Dodo.

He added: “I’m still monitoring our strikeforce. I’m watching them with an eagle’s eye to see if I have men who can really do the job for us.”

After posting a 2-0 triumph over Chapungu in their season’s opener, Bulawayo City went down to Harare City (1-0) before they played to a one-all draw against Bulawayo Chiefs.

As if this was not enough, Dodo’s charges fell 1-0 to defending league champions FC Platinum in a match that was played at Mandava Stadium a fortnight ago.

For their week six league encounter set for Saturday, Bulawayo City, who have amassed four points from a possible 15 with a worrying goal difference of -1 , will square it off against newboys Herentals at the giant National Sports Stadium.

Last season, Amakhosi conjured the greatest escape to survive relegation from the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League on the last day when they hammered hapless Bantu Rovers, with their then striker Newman Sianchali banging in four goals past Rovers goalkeeper Notice Dube.

Meanwhile, Bulawayo City have roped in former How Mine and Highlanders assistant coach Bekithemba “Super” Ndlovu as the club’s first assistant coach.

“Ndlovu officially joined the club mid last week. He is now the first assistant coach to our head coach Darlington Dodo,” said Bulawayo City public relations officer Thandiwe Moyo.