PREMIERSHIP side Buffaloes stars Jacob Muzokomba and Tafadzwa Mombeshora say they are ready for the litmus test as the soldiers take on Dynamos at Sakubva Stadium tomorrow as they seek to complete a double over the league champions.
Buffaloes stunned Dynamos 1-0 in the reverse fixture in Harare early in the season and remain one of the four teams to defeat the Harare giants this season. ZPC Kariba, Chapungu and Hwange have also beaten Dynamos in the league.
But then in that victory, they were under Luke Masomere, who is now at How Mine. Former Dynamos player Moses Chunga is now in charge of the soldiers.
Buffaloes switched from their usual training venue at Mutare Showgrounds to the match venue Sakubva stadium on Thursday where NewsDay Sport caught up with some of their players.
Former Shabanie Mine skipper Mombeshora said playing against a team that is at the top of the log standings motivates them.
“If you play a team that is at the top of the log standings, it gives you motivation. If we beat them you will be recognised although we will be treating the match just like any other game,’’ he said.
“We have a good team that can play any team in the league and on a good day we can also destroy any team,” he added.
Muzokomba, who has vast experience of playing in the top-flight league in Zimbabwe and Swaziland, said they are going to play their normal game.
“We are taking the match just like any other game. We are going to play our normal game and I believe Dynamos will come into the match under pressure than us because they are expected to win the match, but we will take advantage of that,” he added.
Buffaloes loyal son Shepherd Nkata who has seen it all at the army side said Dynamos has always find the going getting tough at Sakubva and believes it will be the same old story.
“This is going to be a big game and Dynamos is aware that it is going to be difficult. They always struggle against us at Sakubva. The coach (Moses Chunga) has changed my position from defence and I am now playing in the midfield and am enjoying my position and if I’m selected in the first team I hope to deliver a win for my side,” he said.
Dynamos are limping after last weekend’s defeat by Triangle in the One Wallet Cup and need to grind a result from this tie.
They will be missing goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi, who injured his hip in the 1-0 win over Shabanie Mine two weeks ago and will be replaced by Tatenda Mukuruva. Devon Chafa is also out due to injury; Anesu Gondo is suspended while Sydney Linyama has opted for boozers football.
After an unforgettable final last Sunday, Rodreck Mutuma needs to come to the party tomorrow and needs clean supply from Tafadzwa Rusike and Stephen Alimenda.