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History means nothing: Pasuwa

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DYNAMOS have dominated Highlanders in the Premier league in recent meetings, but Kalisto Pasuwa yesterday said history will count for nothing when the two rivals clash in the top-of-the-table match at Rufaro Stadium tomorrow.
Report by Henry Mhara Sports Reporter

Dynamos, buoyed by their 3-0 win over Gunners last week, lead the log standings with 58 points, two above Highlanders.

For the past six years, results have favoured the Harare giants who have won six of the contests in contrast to Bosso’s two.

In fact, Highlanders, who surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to Monomotapa last week, have not beaten Dynamos since their swashbuckling squad of 2006 that swept everything in sight.

Pasuwa respects past battles, but is more focused on securing victory, which would put Dynamos on a five-point advantage.

“Knowledge of history gives you some perspective, but it doesn’t help you win a football match,” said Pasuwa.

“It will be dangerous for me to tell my boys that we have beaten Highlanders for the past six years because they will go into the match with that mindset. We should psyche them to play their normal game and try as hard as possible to win the match,” he added.

Pasuwa is aware of the task that will confront his Dynamos side tomorrow, compared to the stroll they had over Gunners six days ago.

“This is a different match considering that we are playing a wounded team also fighting for the championship. But the morale is very high in camp.

“The guys are raring to go. It will be an advantage to the team that wins on Sunday. If we win this game it will mean less pressure in the coming fixture.”

Dynamos have been preparing for the match with a number of their players running with the Asiagate axe hovering above their heads.

Guthrie Zhokinyi has been banned for life for his alleged involvement in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal while Cliff Sekete, Martin Vengesai, George Magariro, Milton Makopa, Ocean Mushure and Tawanda Muparati are awaiting their fate after being fingered in the widely-reported scandal. Pasuwa would, however, be relieved to note that Zifa, who were set to drop the Asiagate bombshell yesterday, postponed to next week the announcement of the next batch of players facing the Asiagate axe.

“Asiagate is very confusing. We don’t know the future of some of our players and it has affected our preparations for upcoming games.”

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