HARARE – Following a week in which the Dynamos family has been mourning more than the bereaved, the Glamour Boys have an opportunity to do their talking on the pitch when they face Chicken Inn Sunday.
Dynamos need an outright win this afternoon at Barbourfields Stadium over the Innscor-sponsored side to ensure that their Castle Premiership title race defence goes down to the last weekend of the season.
The Glamour Boys, who are in second place with 50 points, trail log leaders Highlanders by one point and any slip up will mean they could lose the crown they have held for the past two seasons.
But their build up to their penultimate match of the season has not been that of an exemplary champion.
After being held 1-1 by a struggling Shabanie Mine last week, a result which opened the door for Highlanders to seize control of the League race many expected the Zimbabwe champions to count their loses and focus their energy to today’s big clash with Chicken Inn.
But against the character of champions, DeMbare came out in some sections of the media all guns blazing and reflecting on how results elsewhere were ‘fixed’ in favour of Highlanders, who needed a late Ozias Zibande goal to beat Triangle 1-0 in midweek.
After all their misplaced protests, the Harare giants are hoping to dig deep with themselves and find a way past a Chicken Inn team they have failed to beat away since 2011.
Above that, this is a team that has found a new lease of life under former Motor Action coach Joey Antipas, scoring seven goals in their last three games.
The Gamecocks have won two of the three matches that Antipas has presided over since taking over from Mandla Mpofu lst month.
In contrast, Dynamos come into this match on the back of two draws against Shabanie Mine and Triangle.
But the Harare giants have shown a never die attitude in seasons gone by when they came from behind to snatch the championship in the penultimate game of the season.
Dynamos welcome back Patson Jaure from suspension and Tawanda Muparati from injury.
They will however be without Ocean Mushure, who will be serving a suspension after picking up his third yellow card against Shabanie.
Cliff Sekete, who injured his wrist in midweek, and Clive Kawinga need to pass late fitness tests to be available for selection.
Chicken Inn had at the beginning of the season set a target to finish in the top four and mathematically they still have a chance to do so and Dynamos should therefore brace themselves for a fight.
Sunday: Chicken Inn vs Dynamos (Barbourfields), Black Mambas v Triple B (Morris Depot), How Mine v FC Platinum (Luveve), Buffaloes v Monomotapa (Sakubva), Black Rhinos v Hwange (Rimuka), Harare City v Highlanders (Rufaro SS9), Shabanie Mine v Triangle (Maglas).