HARARE – Dynamos will be seeking to redeem themselves when they face How Mine in a Mbada Diamonds Cup quarterfinal clash at Rufaro Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The Zimbabwe champions squandered an opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the Premiership log last week when they collected only a point out of a possible six.
DeMbare have been off colour in their last two matches as they lost 4-2 to Hwange before playing a goalless draw with Monomotapa last weekend.
The results put a dent in the defending champions’ title defence while giving hope to the chasing teams in a fascinating marathon which, just like the last two editions, appears set to go to the wire.
The Harare giants, however, turn their attention to the defence of their Mbada title when they face a How Mine side that beat them 1-0 in their last league appearance.
“Dynamos is a big team and you should be used to play in front of big crowds all the time. Go out there and express what we practice here,” Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa told his players during the week.
“Our attitude has been bad in approaching these so called small teams. It’s a mission. We want to get to the final but for now we are focusing on the quarter-final against How Mine.
“Against How Mine our approach need to be right. We had all the 30 players here at training. When we are approaching these cup games everybody tend to be fit and ready to play.”
Dynamos’ major problem in recent weeks has been upfront as goals have suddenly dried up and the return of Simba Sithole should give them some hope.
On the other hand, How Mine have perfected the art of beating local premiership giants having defeated Highlanders in back to back fixtures.
However, despite their fine performances in their debut season in the top flight, How Mine coach Philani Ncube said they are happy with the underdogs tag heading into this afternoon’s tie.
“We are a very small club and we will approach this game like any other match. We don’t have any pressure; it is more on Dynamos than on us,” Ncube said this week.
“The morale is high among the players and the team spirit should carry the day for us. The boys know what is at stake and they know the importance of this game. The best for us is to get into the final.
“We are coming to play football; it’s a cup game and we will want the players to be relaxed and to just go out there and enjoy themselves.
“We are not here to make up numbers and we are going to give Dynamos a run for their money. They must fight if they want it.”