Premiership side Hwange has declared war on bruised Harare giants Dynamos as the two sides clash in the third quarter-final of the BancABC Sup8r Cup at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.
“Chipangano” are in no–nonsense mood as they dispatched Premiership newcomers Douglas Warriors 2-0 last weekend.
Assistant coach Brian Njovu yesterday said Sunday’s encounter is a vengeance match as DeMbare clobbered them 2-0 at the Colliery in a league game.
“We have prepared well for the Sunday game. It is payback time for Dynamos as they beat us at home in the league. The boys are geared up for the match and we go to Harare with confidence.
We will play our usual game. We are not scared of Dynamos, we take them as any other team in the league,” Njovu said.
The Hwange coach said he is banking on the experience of striker Gilbert Zulu who has the knack of banging in goals.
Zulu is back in the “Chipangano” dressing room after suffering a knee injury.
He also said he had full trust of his defence marshalled by Gerald Ndlovu and his partner David Boriwondo.
“Gilbert is back from an injury and I hope to use his vast experience upfront. I also have Rodwell Chinyengetere. I have one of the best goalkeepers in the land, Timothy Sibanda and defenders Gerald (Ndlovu) and (David) Boriwondo,” Njovu said.
It is not clear which team Farai Vimisayi will turn out for as he has been playing for Dynamos in the Champions League but is contracted to Hwange
Dynamos, who lost 1-0 to Tunisia’s Esperance in the Caf Champions League at the weekend, are a bit wary of player fatigue as they arrived from the North African country at midnight yesterday.
However, the Harare giants’ manager Nyika Chifamba yesterday said Dynamos is one of the best teams in Africa and they will give Chipangano a good run for their money.
“We only arrived yesterday and some of the players arrived at midnight and they are so tired. We hope to start training this afternoon (yesterday).
“We also trained in Tunis on Monday and I think we have not lost much time in terms of training.
“We are ready for Sunday. Everyone is fit except for (Benjamin) Marere who had a knock on his ankle but we hope he will be fit for Sunday’s game,” Chifamba.
The Dynamos manager said Dynamos
respect “Chipangano” as they are a formidable side but they will be ruthless come Sunday.
“We respect Hwange, they are a very good team but look we are a very big club in the country. We are number six in Africa meaning that we are one of the best teams in Africa. We are going to give Hwange a good run for their money.”
In the first quarter-final of the BancABC Sup8r competition, Lengthens drew 1-1 with Gunners at Rimuka Stadium in Kadoma last Saturday and they are due for a replay on Monday.
Last Sunday, Bulawayo giants Highlanders beat Monomotapa 1-0 after extra-time to book a berth in the semi-finals of competition.