DeMbare ready for Hwange
HARARE – Castle Premiership log leaders Dynamos cannot afford any slip-ups this afternoon against a wounded Hwange side at the Colliery in their quest to defend their title defence.
DeMbare leapfrogged Highlanders to the summit of the log standings with a clinical 4-1 win over Shabanie Mine at Rufaro Stadium last weekend while the Bulawayo side fell 3-0 to Monomotapa.
This afternoon, Dynamos comes up against a Hwange side that has had a torrid campaign in the second half of the season which has seen them lye just two points off the last relegation spot.
Last Wednesday, Chipangano travelled to Harare and were humbled 2-0 by Black Mambas at Morris Depot.
Wednesday’s defeat was Hwange’s seventh loss on the trot.
Today’s match has been touted as a grudge match following the attack on Hwange coaches Nation Dube and Mabelo Njekwa by Dynamos marshals at Rufaro Stadium in May. Dynamos won that contentious match 4-2.
Dynamos assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya denounced the shenanigans from the first round clash between the two teams and was hopeful that the coalminers uphold sportsmanship values for today’s clash.
“What happened (in May) is very unfortunate,” Ndiraya told reporters.
“I’m sure they (Hwange) are a football people and they will behave in a professional manner. On our side, we are going there prepared for everything they throw at us.”
Ndiraya said his players have to be at their best if they are to come out with a positive result from the Colliery.
“We need to work hard because Hwange are a very stubborn side especially when they are playing at home,” he added.
Meanwhile, Hwange coach Nation Dube, who watched the first leg encounter from the terraces upon his return from the hospital, said his team will not employ any dirty tricks.
“This is another game and we have long gone past that Harare chapter because we are football people hence we will fight our battle on the field of play,” Dube said.
“We are not going to intimidate anyone instead we will maintain a conducive environment for football just like we have done in every match.
“We are worried about the position we are in and we are just going to try and rectify our mistakes so that we can prevail over Dynamos.”
Hwange will miss winger Farai Vimisayi, who is suspended for this clash, but going forward they will be banking on midfielder Ocean Mpofu to provide the steel in the centre of the park.
CAPS United v Monomotapa (Rufaro), Hwange v Dynamos (Colliery), Highlanders v Black Mambas (Barbourfields), Shabanie Mine v Buffaloes (Maglas)