DeMbare target strong finish

DYNAMOS captain Frank Makarati is targeting a strong finish to the first half of the season

DYNAMOS captain Frank Makarati is targeting a strong finish to the first half of the season which he says will help boost their chances of winning the league title this year.

The Harare giants are away to Green Fuel in Triangle on Saturday afternoon looking to continue with their recent fine form.

The game is the first of Dynamos' remaining two matches before the halfway stage of the season. 

Speaking to NewsDaySport yesterday, Makarati who is returning from a two months injury break, wants his rejuvenated side to maintain their recent form and believes the race for league title is still wide open. 

He feels all the teams in the top half of the log table have a good chance of winning the title at the end of the campaign.

"We have to push and try to win the remaining two matches before the mid-season. That will put us in a good position to push for the title in the second half of the season. It will give us more confidence going forward," Makarati said.

"The race for the league is still very much open. Any team in the top seven has a good chance of winning the title. We have a very good chance of winning the league this season."

Dynamos are unbeaten in their last four matches, winning three playing a draw against champions FC Platinum.

That good run of form has seen them climbing to fourth on the log table with 25 points, five behind leaders Highlanders.

"Right now everyone is pushing hard. We won't relax because we are on a good run because we know what can happen. We went through a bad patch just soon after the start of the season so we have to be cautious. We have to continue playing well and maintain the current form."

Makarati shared the secret that has led to the team to hit good form.

"It seems all the players now understands the demands of playing for Dynamos. We had a bad start because a lot of players were still adjusting. Some of the players had not experience playing in front of huge crowds and they struggled. But now they understand the pressure and the demands of this club.

"We are united as a team and everyone is pulling in one direction."

Makarati is returning to the fold after two months on the sidelines due to an injury.

He played the last few minutes of his team's 2-0 win over Chicken Inn last week as coach Herbert Maruwa slowly eased him back in the squad.

He feels his replacement have done a splendid job in his absence.

"Physically I'm not 100 percent fit now, but im slowly getting there. We are 30 players in the squad and everyone deserves to play so if those who are playing now are doing well, they deserve to be supported. No one is special and I will wait for my opportunity. I can't expect to go straight back in the team when those who are there are doing well.'

He expects a tough match against the newly promoted side, who are guided by Rodrick Dhlakama.

GreenFuel is a very tough match. We are not taking them lightly, we will treat them the say we treat teams at the top of the log. We will have to apply the same mentality we have been using in the last games so that we can win the game."

Matchday 16 fixtures: 

Saturday: GreenFuel v Dynamos (Gibbo), Yadah v Chicken Inn (Baobab), Cranborne Bullets v Ngezi Platinum Stars (Nyamhunga), Bulawayo Chiefs v Herentals (Luveve), Caps United v Triangle (Bata).

Sunday: Highlanders v Manica Diamonds (Barbourfields), Sheasham v Black Rhinos (Bata), Simba Bhora v Zpc Kariba (Baobab), Hwange v Fc Platinum (Colliery)

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