DeMbare’s big test

AFTER slowly clambering up the log standings in recent weeks following a difficult start to the season, the true test of Dynamos’ revival will come tonight when they face off against joint pacesetters, Ngezi Platinum Stars in a potentially-explosive Castle Lager Premiership football tie at the National Sports Stadium.


Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa
Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa

DeMbare have hit a purple patch, winning their last three matches after a slow start to their campaign.

The Glamour Boys, six points off the pace, have won six, drawn two and lost three in the 11 matches they have played so far.

Their resurgence will, however, be put to the test against a Ngezi Platinum side, which is overflowing with confidence after a storming start to the campaign.

Ndiraya’s men have put together eight wins, two draws and two defeats, which has seen them earning 26 points from 12 matches.

That good run has forced all contenders to stand and take notice, as the league marathon staggers towards the halfway mark.

Victory over Dynamos will consolidate their place at the top of the log and dispel any doubts about their potential.

Ngezi Platinum though, go into the match severely handicapped, as they are likely to be without some of their key players such as Donald Teguru and Edgar Tapera after they picked injuries in their last league match against Chapungu.

Dynamos team manager, Richard Chihoro feels the presence of former Dynamos sons in the Ngezi Platinum camp will make it an emotional encounter.

Ngezi Platinum are coached by Tonderai Ndiraya, a former Dynamos player and coach, while his assistant, Gift Muzadzi, left the Harare giants before the start of this season.

The team also has on its books several former Dynamos players including captain Partson Jaure, Godknows Murwira, Dominic Mukandi, Walter Mukanga and Kelvin Bulaji.

“It will be a very difficult and emotional match against Ngezi Platinum. If you look at their team, it is dominated by former Dynamos players. The coach is also a Dynamos son, so basically it’s Dynamos versus Dynamos. We anticipate a very tough match,” Chihoro said.

The Dynamos team manager, however, said the return from injury of some of their key players, such as Cameroonian international, Christian Ntouba, was a big boost for the team.

Ntouba missed Dynamos’ last trip to Tsholotsho due to injury, with midfielder, Gift Saunyama and Masimba Mambare also having been on the treatment table.

The trio has been recuperating during the international break and Dynamos are happy to welcome their players as they face the log leaders.

“They have all recovered and are available for selection. It gives the coaches options and we are looking forward to the game. They are the log leaders, but our ambition is to maintain our form,” Chihoro said.

Matchday 13 Results and Fixtures

Yesterday: Chapungu 1-0 Bulawayo City, Chicken Inn 2-0 ZPC Kariba, FC Platinum 0-0 Harare City, Black Rhinos 3-0 Highlanders, Triangle 3-1 Shabanie Mine

Today: Bantu Rovers v Tsholotsho (Luveve, 1pm), How Mine v Yadah FC (Luveve), Dynamos v Ngezi Platinum Stars (National Sports

Stadium, 7pm), Hwange v CAPS United (postponed)

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  1. Am seeing Ngezi winning provided they give coach Kadurira a chance to be the head coach for today’s match and also do away with ex dynamos players in Ngezi team. Ndiraya, Muzadzi and some ex dynamos players would LOVE to see Ngezi losing because ku Ngezi kwavari kubasa and dynamos is their home.
    The situation is gonna be exacerbated by STUPID refs who are 100% dynamos supporters.

    1. charles charingeno

      Sir with all due respect, what you have said is absolute trash and nonsense, is all I can say. I do not need to prove anything with regard to this, except that insanity could be slowly creeping into your mind.

      1. I agree with you, this Rico guy does not talk football, he hates everything about Dembare but we all know Dynamos get beaten by other teams with those refs who support it 100% officiating.
        Stupid comment from someone anorwadziwa.

  2. Hopefully to have the best of soccer tonight despite what Rico said

  3. Nacido Rico for reasons best known to him hates Dynamos but he was made to eat humble pie yesterday after Dembare outsmarted Ngezi in probably one of the best games this season.Supremacy was shown on the field of play as well as on the technical and tactical shrewdness of Papa Lodza and his technical creww,we hope many more happy days are back at Dembare.

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