DYNAMOS and Caps United will serve up the first Harare Derby of 2015 when they clash in the Sino-Zim friendly match at Rufaro Stadium tomorrow afternoon with Rodreck Mutuma expected to make his debut for the Green Machine.
BY SPORTS EDITOR
Mutuma crossed the great divide after being shut out by new Dynamos coach David Mandigora. For DeMbare, they are expected to parade two acquisitions from the Green Machine-Kelvin Bulaji and Dominic Chungwa.
While this is just a friendly, which will feature Chinese players on either side, there is no doubt focus will be on the two new men in charge of the teams-Dynamos’s Mandigora and Caps United’ Mark Harrison.
Mandigora replaced four time winning coach Kalisto Pasuwa, who quit at the end of last season while Harrison is the new man in charge of the Green Machine having replaced Taurai Mangwiro who jumped ship to Harare City.
Harrison has only been in the country for a week, having arrived last Sunday and will get his first taste of the high octane clash at the Rufaro.
His team has been under Brenna Msiska and Fungai Kwashi for the last three weeks as he battled to secure a work permit.
He arrived at a Caps United that has been swamped by new names, including former FC Platinum midfielder Joel Ngodzo and Shabanie Mine defender Zvenyika Makonese.
Where the pair will make the grade or not, let alone play tomorrow afternoon, it’s something else. For now, welcome to Rufaro, Harrison! Feel the atmosphere, feel the pressure but remember the green family wants results.
For Mandigora, to say following in the footsteps of Pasuwa is an easy task would be the understatement of the millennium.
Dynamos fans demand three things, beat Caps United, beat Highlanders and win the league title. Anything other than that is deemed as failure and Mandigora knows that all too well.
As such, tomorrow, he must give a clear indication that he is ready to roll and that the material he has selected for this season can deliver.
The league champions have played a number of friendlies in the last few weeks, but Mandigora is not impressed with the levels of fitness and his strikers.
Does he potent ones anyway?
Kasimero Chimbadzwa, Bulaji and Chungwa are the three main men after the departure of Mutuma, Ronald Chitiyo and Washington Pakamisa.
Simba Sithole, now called Nhivi, though remains an integral of Dynamos, having just renewed his contract with the league champions and all eyes will be on him to better last season’s performances.
There are new names at the champions as well-Qadr Amini, Godknows Murwira, Tonderayi Mateyaunga, Nigel Bandari and Carlos Rusere, all fighting to displace normal order and get starting places.
The match has been organised to celebrate 35 years of diplomatic relationships between the Zimbabwean and Chinese communities.