UNDER-FIRE Triangle coach Biggie Zuze has warned Dynamos to underestimate them at their own peril as the two top-flight football teams face off at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday in the One Wallet Cup final.
Zuze yesterday said the fact that they would be playing in the final on Sunday means they deserve respect.
“We earned a place in the final. We were not invited and that shows we deserve respect. We have been playing well although results have not been coming our way. We have been creating chances which is what is important. We know Dynamos have experience and will have the backing of their fans but we are saying we also want to do it for our fans.
“That is the message coming from everyone in camp. We know it will be difficult. They beat us last time with Monomotapa in the Mbada Diamonds Cup final, but we will try to get a good result. We hope to have our fans rallying behind the team,’ said Zuze.
The last cup final which featured Zuze and Dynamos was in 2012 in the Mbada Diamonds Cup final where the Harare giants romped to as 2-0 win via a Rodreck Mutuma brace.
With only six games before the season curtain comes down, it seems the Triangle executive are caught between a hard place and a rock on the consequences of firing the gaffer at this stage of the season.
If there is a possibility of hiring a new coach obviously they will be a need for him to adapt to the new system and that might even be more damaging as the side is fighting relegation.
Zuze blamed match officiating in his side’s 2-1 loss against Dynamos at Gibbo Stadium recently before taunting the league giants as having many sympathisers, including referees.
In a separate interview with NewsDay Sport yesterday Zuze said the Dynamos match was a completely new game.
“Yes, recently l said that they have (Dynamos) many sympathisers, but on Sunday it will be a completely new match. We are into the second day preparing for the match and preparations are going on well,” he said.
“But I am worried because we have about six players who are nursing injuries and we are sweating over their recovery. We are trying by all means to rectify our mistakes because we have been conceding silly goals and we should try to address that by Sunday,” he said.
However, Dynamos, who were booted out of the Chibuku Super Cup by lowly Black Rhinos in the first round will be seeking a league and cup double.
Dynamos are coming from a morale boosting victory over Shabanie Mine having drawn the previous match against FC Platinum.
They will also be boosted by the return of their head coach Kalisto Pasuwa who is expected in Harare tomorrow from Egypt.
The Dynamos coach had gone to Egypt on Sunday for a Fifa technical conference whose aim is to learn from the World Cup and channel its success into football development at all levels around the world.
Meanwhile, the Premier Soccer League has pegged gate charges for the rest of ground at $3 with those that will occupy bays 15-18 set to pay $5. Gates will open at 11am. Apart from the clash between the two teams, fans will also be treated to music by Sulumani Chimbetu.
Winners take home $80 000 while the runners-up will get $50 000.