BULAWAYO fans are in for a treat tomorrow as Barbourfields Stadium plays host to two Castle Lager Premier Soccer League matches pitting defending champions Dynamos against Tsholotsho just after the How Mine versus Triangle encounter.
BY FORTUNE MBELE/THANDIWE MOYO
The double-header will be beamed live on SuperSport 9.
Dynamos new gaffer Tonderai Ndiraya after David “Yogi” Mandigora’s departure has won his first two league games. He beat ZPC Kariba 2-1 at Rufaro last Sunday and claimed Triangle’s scalp with a 2-0 score line at Gibbo three days later.
Returning striker Roderick Mutuma has been on song, grabbing a brace in the 2-1 win over ZPC Kariba on Sunday and getting another goal at Gibbo where former Triangle striker Richard Kawondera got the winner in the 2-0 victory.
A fifth straight championship could be beckoning for the Glamour Boys, sitting on position three, but with similar number of points with Kelvin Kaindu’s Triangle. They are five points below log leaders Chicken Inn who face Hwange at Luveve Stadium this afternoon?
Dynamos travelled straight to Bulawayo from Triangle and arrived late on Thursday afternoon to watch FC Platinum beat Highlanders 2-1 at Barbourfields.
But the defending champions’ hurdle tomorrow is relegation-fighting Tsholotsho, lurching on position 12 with 17 points after holding Caps United to a 1-1 draw at the National Sports Stadium on Thursday.
The Lizwe Sweswe-coached Tsholotsho held Dynamos to a goalless draw in May.
Sweswe says Dynamos are now gunning for the championship as they fight for survival and it will not be easy.
“They are in good form and they have won two consecutive games and with Dynamos you can tell at this stage that they are fighting for the championship. They want the championship and we are fighting relegation and it is not going to be easy,” Sweswe said.
Veterans Joel Luphahla, Siza Khoza and Danisa Phiri have not found the going easy on their return to register with Tsholotsho in mid-season, but could rise against Dynamos tomorrow.
In the lunchtime fixture, How Mine host Triangle.
After the 5-1 drubbing by Highlanders last Sunday, How Mine held ZPC Kariba to a 1-1 draw at Nyamhunga Stadium on Wednesday.
Coach Luke Masomere says the gold miners are not panicking despite dropping to position six from three.
“We are not panicking. We are professionals and we are going to play our football. We are not under pressure and in football you expect three results. It is make or break. We have not been doing well in our last couple of matches. We lost to Hwange and Highlanders and drew against ZPC Kariba. We have to start playing in a positive manner if we are to finish in a respectable position,” Masomere said.
The injury to central defender Nelson Tachi could see the return of Gilbert Banda while Heritein Masuku, Fungai Chirinda and Benjamin Marere are doubtful starters.
Triangle, smarting from the 0-2 home defeat to Dynamos are hoping to collect maximum points and keep their dream of bringing the title to the Lowveld alive.
“This is our second trip to Bulawayo in as many weeks. We managed to collect three points the last time we were there and we are facing How Mine who are still wounded from the match that they played against Highlanders,” Kaindu said.
Nhamo Lameck, Tawanda Muyendi, Pasca Manhanga, Hardlife Muvundi, Courage Denias, Charles Rukwanhi, Tinashe Chipunza are some of the players to watch at Triangle.