DYNAMOS are refusing to throw in the towel and insist they are ready to put their bodies on the line to deny relegation-threatened Black Mambas in a last throw of the dice in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) on Sunday.
TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA,SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
The champions suffered a major reversal in their title defence after being held by Chicken Inn to a 2-2 draw at Barbourfields on Sunday to remain stuck on second position on the league table with 51 points with just one match remaining in the campaign.
Thus failing to take advantage of a stumble by title challengers Highlanders who were handed a humiliating 4-0 defeat by Harare City, means they have to win and hope for favourable results elsewhere.
A win for the Harare giants would have seen them reclaiming leadership with 53 points, the same tally as City, but with a superior goal difference and with that title number 20.
Now they find themselves still in second place and two points adrift of Harare City. And with a game to go before the curtain comes down on the season, Dynamos are refusing to throw in the towel.
But they go into battle without several key players who are nursing injuries. Defender Partson Jaure has returned from national team duty in Tanzania, but it is highly unlikely he will take part in the match as he is reported to be feeling dizzy.
He is being assessed by the medical team. Jaure though is not in the right state of mind as he battles to clear his name after he was dragged before a PSL disciplinary hearing for his violent behaviour on referee Thabani Bamala during their Premiership match against Highlanders. The defender’s disciplinary hearing case is set to be heard today.
Utility player Thomas Magorimbo is also on the treatment table with an ankle problem. Magorimbo has, however, resumed light training and there are chances he might play a part. Winger Russel Madamombe is also another doubt after pulling a muscle, but Clive Kawinga remains sidelined with an ankle problem.
Oscar Machapa played his last game of the season for Dynamos last weekend at Barbourfields as he was red-carded after the match against Chicken Inn while Stephen Alimenda has accumulated three yellow cards and will return next year.
Dynamos assistant coach Richard Chihoro, however, remained confident. He said they had enough cover and were ready to put their bodies on the line to deny Black Mambas a victory.
“It will not be an easy match. Black Mambas want to avoid relegation so it won’t be easy. But our approach to this game is that we should win at all costs. We need maximum concentration because we believe we are still very much in the race. You never know what will happen so what we just need is a win, then we see what happens after that. If Harare City also win, it will be tough luck to us. We will have to be content with being second best,” said Chihoro.