DYNAMOS stand-in coach Biggie Zuze (pictured) says the team is adapting well to his training methods, and believes that if they can maintain the same approach, they can quickly change their fortunes.
BY HENRY MHARA/TERRY MADYAUTA
Zuze took over from fired Lloyd Mutasa last week, and started his reign with a 1-0 win away Bulawayo Chiefs.
But his real test is on Sunday when champions FC Platinum arrive at Rufaro Stadium, for the headliner of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League weekend matches.
This is a team that has given them problems in recent times, losing all the five matches of their last meetings.
Zuze admitted his team is facing a tough challenge, but the way his players are adjusting to his philosophy, he gives his team a chance.
“FC Platinum are a very good team, very organised so for Dynamos we know we have to manage the game. Our last game was a very good build-up to this match. The boys are working hard and we hope for the best,” Zuze said.
“This is a new season, with a new team so we are ready for them. The attitude and approach has changed. Everyone is giving his best, and its so difficult especially coming from a period where all those things that happened in the technical team. The boys are doing their best, and even the goal we scored, it was a brilliant team goal and they are also scoring goals here so we will shift what we are doing here to the match.”
The positives in the Harare giants’ camp are the return to full fitness of James Marufu and Raphael Manuvire.
Skipper Ocean Mushure, who has not been attending training in protest over unpaid signing on fees is also back, giving Zuze options.
“Manuvire is back. Jimmy (Marufu) also started training this week, but we are going to consider him for this match. Ocean has also joined training and we are working with him especially on the endurance part but I think he is doing well. He gives us options in the attacking and when defending. I hope for the best, and I anticipate a very good game against FC Platinum.
FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza is also worried with the impact that Zuze is bringing to the side.
“Their result last week was positive and I think they have started to win games, now we are expecting a good match. They have a new coach and when a new coach comes in, the players are challenged to work hard for him. We saw it last week, they got a very good result and definitely multitudes of supporters will be behind them.
“Obvious their approach might be different because they have a new coach, but like I said lets have a positive mind and play our normal game. We just have to go there with a positive mind, hoping for the best result possible. We hope to be at our best and that everyone will give extra effort on that day.”
Mapeza’s men drew against Triangle in their last match, which came on a back of three straight wins, so they are a team in good form.
“Every team plays for three points and for us the points are crucial as we aim to defend the league title,” Mapeza said.