City, Dynamos clash


HARARE City say they accept the underdogs tag as they face champions Dynamos in a top-of-the-table Castle Lager Premiership tie at Rufaro Stadium this afternoon with sparks certain to fly.


Encounters between the two teams have always been feisty and the last time they met there was no winner with the match fizzling out into a 0-0 stalemate. Now they face each other again in a match that is likely to have a bearing on the championship this term.

Harare City lead the league with 38 points — three ahead of their rivals who trail on second position.

But they are aware Dynamos have a rich history in the championship race, having won 19 league titles including a league and cup double last term.

Although Harare City have given Dynamos problems in the past, the Boys in Blue carry the favourites’ tag.

And the Sunshine City Boys have been ready to accept the under dogs tag. “We are underdogs and that suits us fine,” said Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi yesterday.

“We are a very small club and we will approach this game like any other. We don’t have any pressure. Pressure is more on them than on us.”

The Harare City gaffer added that their only worry was that the Premiership break had affected them as they were in top form before the league programme was disrupted due to national team assignments.

“Our only worry is whether we will regain the top form we enjoyed before the break. But what I can say is we are ready for Dynamos,” said Mawiwi.

Harare City are likely to go into the match without Edgar Tapera and winger Silas Songani who are nursing injuries.

But the defending champions have no such problems in their dressing room save for the fact that they will be without midfielder Devon Chafa who was suspended by Fifa after testing positive for a prohibited substance.

Assistant coach Richard Chihoro described today’s fixture as a massive game which they have to win at all costs to bounce back after some inconsistent performances which have seen them drawing eight times in the campaign so far- their worst run in recent years.

“It will be an explosive encounter. City have been playing well and are the log leaders, but this is a chance for us to bounce back. We need a win at all costs. We will miss Devon, but we registered many players and we have replacements in his place.”

Dynamos are still licking their wounds and pondering over the shock exit from the lucrative BancABC Super8r Cup at the hands of Shabanie who defeated them in a dramatic penalty shoot-out on Sunday.

The league champions had the game in the bag until some tactical substitutions by Shabanie coach Luke Masomere turned the game upside down.

Shabanie equalised against the run of play and goalkeeper Victor Twaliki became the star of the day after saving two penalties and scoring the winning spot kick.

In other matches today, bottom-placed Motor Action face Triangle at home, Black Rhinos host Shabanie Mine at Rimuka, while Highlanders welcome Monomotapa to Barbourfields.

FC Platinum travel to Hwange while tomorrow, Caps United will host Tripple B at the National Sports Stadium with How Mine welcoming Black Mambas at Luveve.

Today: Motor Action v Triangle (Motor Action Sports Club), Black Rhinos v Shabanie Mine (Rimuka), Buffaloes v Chicken Inn (Sakubva), Highlanders v Monomotapa (Barbourfields), Harare City v Dynamos (Rufaro), Hwange v FC Platinum (Colliery).
Tomorrow: How Mine v Black Mambas (Luveve), CAPS United v Tripple B (National Sports Stadium


  1. Wish SUNSHINE HARARE CITY BOYS good luck. Dynamos Jujumos ‘de urine’ are going to get a hiding provided that the ref is gonna be impartial. Bigboy Mawiwi the game is yours.

    • vana willard haisi mhosva yako yekuvenga dynamos mhosva ndeakkubereka pamwe wakazvarwa nguva isina kukwana saka hatikushori

  2. iwe Willard if u really follow local soccer you will agree that many times Dembare is hard done by the reffrees this year the only match that one may consider as reffrees having helped Dembare is the 1 all draw against Bosso…otherwise in most games Dembare inobatirwa zvakanyanyisa,example…until now how many penalities have we been given? then compare with other teams in the league…this history that Dynamos is favoured is no longer there…but being Mubvumbi Willard that we all know …Am wasting my time..coz u don’t analyse critically all u do is hate hate hate hate hate Dembare..but thank GOD He loves it so it will continue winning today’s game included.

  3. Iiiii inzwai kuchema kurikuita zvipere izvo maDembare (just listen to the giggles of the hyenas Dembare supporters) they are crying over the meat we the lions have already killed and we are devouring!! poor creatures! GO DEMBARE GO. MUNO TINOTONGA.

  4. totombo fano wedzera macomments acho pano until NewsDay publish the current story, well, well, well, DeMbare did it again and EMPHATICALLY this time around. had it not been of our disallowed goal, haa, the score line would have been different. AGAIN I SAY….. GO DEMBARE GO…. Kusvika mavakugona kukumbira mozohwinawo league otherwyz tichagara nayo kuno.

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