Black Mambas technical director Madinda Ndlovu has vowed his team will not face the dreaded chop come Sunday when they face Premiership title chasers Dynamos.
Mambas, who are playing Dynamos at Morris Depot on the final day of the season, are fifth from the bottom on the log with 29 points, the same number of points as Lengthens, a team that is languishing in the relegation cut-off point.
However, the well-sponsored Mambas have a superior goal difference of 12 goals, to that of financially struggling Lengthens.
Lengthens are playing Motor Action on the same day.
A win for Mambas will mean they will definitely be playing Premier League football next season.
Speaking to NewsDay yesterday, Ndlovu said although his team had a mammoth task to beat a team that is vying for the championship, he was ready for the big fight.
“We are prepared and geared up for the game, we will fight knowing we are playing championship contenders,” said Ndlovu.
“It’s a mammoth task, no two ways about that but we have to do the job. I’m confident that we will survive relegation come Sunday,” he added.
The former Highlanders player said their opponents on Sunday were under a lot of pressure to win the match and lift the title and his team would look to capitalise on that.
“Dynamos are not only looking for a win against Black Mambas but they have to wallop us. But the question is can they go on and score the seven or eight goals they are looking for? Dynamos have more pressure compared to us and we will look to capitalise on that,” said the caretaker national team coach.
Ndlovu is also confident that Motor Action will do the job for them by beating Lengthens.
“We have an option of doing the job ourselves by beating Dynamos or Motor Action will do it for us by beating Lengthens.”
Ndlovu said his team will also look to use home advantage.
“Playing at home always gives you that extra motivation, it’s like sleeping in your own bed, cooking with your own stove and using your own wardrobe, you will be familiar with all your surroundings and that gives you an advantage over a visitor,” said Ndlovu.
However, Ndlovu’s preparations for the game have been hampered by the news that five of his first team players will miss the match due to injury.
William Mapfumo, Richard Mteki, Brian Chuma, Casper Machona and Isaac Madziva have all been ruled out of the do-or-die encounter.
Ndlovu admitted his team would be affected by their absence but said he had enough cover.
“It’s going to affect the team obviously but some of those players have been missing for some time and we were playing like that. With or without those five players, the job has to be done.”