Dynamos wary of red-hot Chicken Inn

DYNAMOS have vowed to unleash their strongest squad for the top-of-the-table Castle Lager Premiership tie against plucky Chicken Inn at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday following the return from injury of a number of key players.

BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA

After a run of five wins in six outings which has taken the Gamecocks to the top of the league table, the defending champions believe the clash against Joey Antipas’s men will be one of their toughest encounters this season hence there is every reason to treat their opponents with respect.

“Chicken Inn have always been difficult opponents for us and this time they look even more dangerous,” team manager Richard Chihoro said.

“They are playing very well and are on top of the log. A team like them should be treated with respect. I predict a very tough match. It’s a match which can go either way. We now have all players at training. Patrick Khumbula and Cliff Sekete are back in the team and we are going to field our strongest squad for this match.”

The duo has been on the sidelines for one month as they were nursing some injuries. Defender Blessing Moyo and Tatenda Mukuruva, who had some knocks, have also recovered, while Masimba Mambare, Ocean Mushure and Quadr Amini returned to training last week having been on the injury list for a month as well.

Chicken Inn have collected 15 points from six matches, while Dynamos are trailing behind on 14 points from the same number of games.
The Gamecocks have caught the eye with their flawless game. They got off to a good start, overcoming Flame Lily 2-1 in a season opener before succumbing to a 2-0 loss to Harare City.

But Chicken Inn regrouped to collect maximum points against Tsholotsho (1-0), Whawha (2-0), FC Platinum (3-1) and the recent 1-0 victory over How Mine.

Meetings between the two sides have always been close. They have met six times in the league since 2012, with four of those encounters ending in stalemates with Chicken Inn running away 1-0 victors in September 2012, while Dynamos overpowered them 2-1 in May the same year.

With just one point separating them at the top of the league table, Dynamos will be hoping to collect maximum points which would catapult them to the top of the log.

Dynamos coach David Mandigora’s charges are coming from a drawn game against Harare City and will need nothing short of victory on Sunday to stay clear of Triangle and Highlanders.

Fixtures:
Tomorrow: FC Platinum v Tsholotsho (Mandava)
Saturday: How Mine v Whawha (Barbourfields, SS9), ZPC Kariba v Flame Lily (Gwanzura)
Sunday: Highlanders v Caps United (Barbourfields, SS9), Buffaloes v Chapungu (Sakubva), Hwange v Dongo Sawmill (Colliery), Triangle v Harare City (Gibbo), Dynamos v Chicken Inn (Rufaro).

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