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Malajila backs Dynamos


With just one game to go before the 2010 Premiership concludes former Dynamos striker Cuthberth Malajila still believes the Harare giants can claim the championship on a dramatic last day.

Dynamos are level on 63 points with log leaders Motor Action and face Black Mambas on Super Sunday while the Mighty Bulls have a date with Lengthens on the same day.

Dynamos need to win at least 4-0 and hope that Motor Action loses as the former has a goal difference of 32 and the latter of 29.

Malajila, who turns out for Club Africa in Tunisia, said there is no way Mambas can beat Dynamos.

“They (Dynamos) have a chance and they can make it. Dynamos are playing very well and I don’t think Black Mambas can beat them.”

On allegations that Lengthens are training at Motor Action Sports Club, Malajila said: “That does not promote fair play and they (Lengthens) will be relegated if they can’t win the match. That is a problem, but anything can happen.”

Malajila made his name at Chapungu, appearing on the Soccer Stars of the Year calendar twice before moving to Highlanders for the Orange Champions League in 2007 after they had won the league title under Methembe Ndlovu.

The following season, he moved to Dynamos and despite an on-and-off relationship with the Airforce of Zimbabwe, who held the rights to the player, he completed two seasons before spurning, and perhaps, rightly so, a chance to move to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In August this year, he became the first Zimbabwean to play professional football in Tunisia.

Meanwhile, Dynamos defender Guthrie Zhokinyi believes that should his team fail to win the Premier League title on Sunday, then the recent period they have enjoyed as the new “Cup kings” of local soccer will amount to nothing.

The Harare giants have swept all the cup competitions that were on offer this season, the Independence Trophy, the Zaoga Jubilee Charity Trophy and recently, the BancABC Sup8r cup.

However, it remains to be seen if Dynamos will claim the most important accolade in domestic football.

“We will be guilty of the biggest slip-up if we fail to win the championship because we had so many opportunities to put it beyond our rivals’ reach,” Zhokinyi told NewsDay on Tuesday.

“At one point we were three points behind Motor Action, with three games in hand but we wasted that opportunity. We have to win the title or else all the effort and our achievements this season will amount to nothing. This is a very crucial moment for the team.”

The defender said although the task looks difficult, he is optimistic his team will win the title.

“The team has been scoring goals in the last three games and I am confident we will beat Black Mambas by a very big margin on Sunday,” said Zhokinyi.

“Unlike Motor Action who are praying for us to be beaten by Mambas for them to win the league, for us the ball is in our court. We just need to beat Black Mambas because we know Lengthens will definitely beat Motor Action, the least they can do is a draw,” quipped the outspoken defender.

Zhokinyi said the team would approach the Mambas game the same way they have been approaching the last games, which has seen them hammering their opponents.

In the last three games, Dynamos managed to beat FC Victoria 3 – 1 then scored four goals past Douglas Warriors before beating bitter rivals Caps United 3 – 2 in the BancABC Sup8r cup final last Saturday.

“The morale is high in the camp after we won the BancABC final last Saturday and if we can keep that spirit, I don’t think anything will stop us from scoring four goals and winning the big one,” added the defender.

Zhokinyi, who joined Dynamos this season from Shooting Stars, said it would be a dream come true to win the championship with his childhood club.

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