Striker Evans Gwekwerere returns for Dynamos on Sunday as they face Gunners in the Zaoga Jubilee Charity Shield semi-final at Rufaro stadium, just three days after their first meeting in the league at the same venue ended in a stalemate.
Gwekwerere missed the 1-1 league draw on Thursday-the first meeting of the two teams this season-due to suspension.
The winner of the match will meet Highlanders who edged Moses Chunga’s Caps United in the other semi-final of the competition to book a place in the final to be played at the end of this month.
Unlike their 1 – 1 draw on Thursday in a match where strikers from both sides took turns to miss chances; this time around a stalemate cannot happen-some team just has to lose.
A win will be welcome to the Gunners team but more especially to head coach Darlington Dodo.
It will be his first time to qualify for a cup final at Gunners as the head coach.
In 2009 when the ambitious Harare side won the league, Dodo was an assistant to Chunga.
“Winning a cup with Gunners is something that I cherish; you get more recognised as a coach.
Although it will be a plus for my side, it will be a big achievement personally,” said Dodo in an interview with NewsDay on Friday.
Dodo will again be relying on the predatory instincts of striker Norman Maroto whose goal two days ago cancelled the Dynamos first half lead.
“It’s all about the work rate and team work.
If his team mates continue to create opportunities for him (Maroto) he is a good finisher,” said Dodo.
On the other hand, Dynamos’ depth in squad will be again put to test after a disappointing second half show on Thursday.
The team put a commanding display in the first half but surprisingly collapsed after the breather with the aging duo of Desmond Maringwa and Edmore Mashiri looking tired after the breather.
Not to mention Dynamos’ blunt strike force, Elvis Chiweshe team’s lack of depth was all too evident.
With make-shift striker Benjamin Marere looking isolated up front, and with Maringwa and Mashiri looking all out of sorts, there was little firepower on the bench from the Dynamos boss to call upon.
However, the return of Gwekwerere will at least boost the Dynamos squad who contrived to miss a glut of chances that came their way on Thursday.
Struggling Bantu Rovers, seeking to stir away from the murky waters of relegation face a tough assignment as they travel to Harare where they clash with championship favourites Motor Action at Callies Grounds Friday afternoon.
Bantu Rovers have had a bad spell in the 2010 season winning just once in the first half before registering their second win last Friday when they beat Eagles 1-0 at Hartsfield Stadium.