MOSES Chunga believes his Buffaloes charges are ready for Sunday’s big Castle Premiership football match against leaders and champions Dynamos at Sakubva, describing the game as self-motivating in itself for the players.
Having already downed Dynamos 1-0 in the reverse fixture in Harare (then under Luke Masomere), Buffaloes will be looking at completing an unlikely double as they fight for a top four finish at the end of the season.
But on Sunday they will face the Kalisto Pasuwa-coached Dynamos that is desperate to restore lost pride after they were flattened 4-3 by Triangle in the One Wallet Cup final last Sunday and cannot afford to lose two games in a row, worse at this time of the season.
The clash against the league champions will be Chunga’s third match in charge of the soldiers, the first being the nil-all stalemate against Highlanders in Bulawayo last month.
He had a flying home debut after leading the army side to 1-0 win against Triangle at Manicaland’s ceremonial home of football – Sakubva.
But his team was brought down to mother earth in their last fixture after they were defeated 2-1 by FC Platinum in a league encounter at Mandava Stadium, Zvishavane.
The army side is still not yet safe from the relegation puzzle, as a loss to Dynamos will likely trigger panic in the soldiers camp.
Speaking to NewsDay Sport at Mutare Showgrounds where Buffaloes were training yesterday, Chunga said they will go into the match knowing that they are fighting relegation.
“We are treating the match just like any other game, but the match is also important because we also need to win as we are in a relegation dogfight. The best way to put it is that we are going to compete and the team that is going to score more goals will win and the result will come out on Sunday,” he said.
“I think my boys are self-motivated. I say that because some of players who have injuries have attended today’s (yesterday) training. This shows a lot of motivation although there are some in-house issues that need to be managed, but this is not for media consumption,” he said.
‘’As usual, I would like to encourage the community to support their team, this is their team and they should come in their numbers for the cause of the team. Community plays an important role in the development of football,” he said.
Chunga refused to comment on his side’s chances of ending the season in top four as this will come with a reward to play in the prestigious fourth edition of the Mbada Diamonds Cup.
“l don’t have any comment on ending in the top four, but we will compete, that is what l can say about that,” he said.
Buffaloes are six points away from Hwange who are occupying fourth position with 39 points. The army side is occupying eighth position with 33 points with six matches before the season’s curtain comes down.
On the other hand, Dynamos are still on course to win their fourth title on the trot as they are enjoying a cool breeze at the summit of log standings with 46 points from 24 matches.
Saul Chaminuka’s ZPC Kariba are lying in second position just two points behind from same matches while Caps United, Highlanders and darkhorses Hwange are keeping a close eye on the proceedings.
Meanwhile, Chunga has apologised to former Highlanders gaffer Kelvin Kaindu over insulting comments he made to the Zambian following the two clubs’ 0-0 league match at Hartsfield Stadium in Bulawayo last month.