BF hosts ‘David vs Goliath’ clash

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BY FORTUNE MBELE
BULAWAYO Chiefs coach Nilton Terroso says playing one of the biggest clubs in the country will be a great motivator for his boys as his side clash with Dynamos in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Barbourfields Stadium this afternoon.

The tie is expected to be the major highlight of the weekend.

Scarred by a loss to Chicken Inn last Sunday and a previous draw to champions FC Platinum, Dynamos troop to Barbourfields Stadium with nothing on their minds, but to bag three points from the Ninjas, who will not hand the precious points on a silver platter.

Terroso reckons that The Glamour Boys command a lot of respect being a big club and that alone will give his charges the edge.

“It’s a big game in terms of the names definitely, but in terms of our preparations, it’s continuous and it’s the same cycle. Of course, when we are coming from a result where we have not been able to win, then we look to correct certain things,” he said.

“The team is focused and very motivated and I believe this being my first game against Dynamos, knowing them as a club and the fans’ perspective, the size that they are and the respect that they command, that in itself is a source of motivation.”

The coach, however, said his players were determined to collect the three points against a side that is also eager to walk away with victory.

“We don’t overly focus on our opponents. It’s about us and how we prepare and how we perform and at the end of the day, we need to deserve to get the points and that is our own responsibility, both individually as players and collectively with what we do during the week and what we do tomorrow (today) as well,” Terroso said.

“The players have worked hard this week. We are confident in what we are doing, not only for today and this game, but what we will do in the next weeks. We are very concentrated and focused on the job we have at hand. We know it’s important for both teams to put on a good performance and get the three points as well.”

Chiefs boast a host of experienced players in Obriel Chirinda, Hughe Chikosa, Kelvin Madzongwe, Sipho Ndlovu, Kevin and Elvis Moyo, Perfect Chikwende and the young Mthokozisi Msebe, who has impressed so far.

Terroso might be throwing in the experienced Obadiah Tarumbwa for the Dynamos tie and Arthur Musiyiwa, who came from the bench last week and had a good show.

The visitors are boosted by the clearance of their foreign duo of Ghanaian Martin Ofori and Nigerian Alex Orotomal, who could feature in this afternoon’s outing, with coach Tonderai Ndiraya also confident of victory after the loss to Chicken Inn.

“We normally apply what we call a 24-hour rule when you play. You forget and focus on the next assignment. So we hope that we will be in the correct state of mind to play a Bulawayo Chiefs side which is very experienced, has very good players and which has started the season decently,” Ndiraya said.

Last time Dynamos played Bulawayo Chiefs at BF in 2019, they lost 2-0.

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