Show­boat­ing costs Bosso BF games, says Chi­ram­badare Op­er­a­tion Dou­ble or Re­venge

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

LEG­ENDARY Dy­namos de­fender Stan­ley Chi­ram­badare says show­boat­ing by High­landers play­ers when play­ing at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium has been their big­gest un­do­ing.

That, he said, was the rea­son DeMbare have al­ways man­aged to grind a re­sult against them at the venue.

The fiery for­mer Dy­namos left-back be­lieves this week­end’s epic en­counter, dubbed “Op­er­a­tion Dou­ble or Re­venge”, will be won by in­di­vid­ual bril­liance from both sets of play­ers.

High­landers are look­ing to com­plete a rare dou­ble over Dy­namos for the first time since 2006, while the Harare gi­ants are out for re­venge. Bosso dis­missed the Glam­our Boys 2-0 in the first en­counter in May after 10 years of try­ing in vain to col­lect max­i­mum points against their fiercest ri­vals.

“These games usu­ally sep­a­rate the boys from men and he who needs it more will get it,” said Chi­ram­badare, who played along­side some of the most dec­o­rated play­ers at DeMbare, among them Mem­ory Mucher­a­howa, the late Fran­cis Shon­hayi, Clay­ton Munemo, Peter Fan­well, Leo Ntawatawa, La­ban Kandi, Elvis Chi­weshe, the late Ed­ward Kats­vere, Claudius Zviri­payi, Vi­talis Takawira, Nyasha Kanogoiwa and Henry Chari.

Their duels with Bosso were al­ways a marvel to watch and would have a star ris­ing to sin­gle-hand­edly change the tide of the game.

“High­landers usu­ally lose their home games be­cause they tend to over elab­o­rate be­fore their home crowd. Dur­ing our time, ev­ery game we played was a cup fi­nal and we had to train hard to please our ‘so-hard-to -please’ fans. Also, just keep­ing your jersey was paramount and each game was an op­por­tu­nity to shine. We had some­thing among us that comes from play­ing to­gether from the re­serve team into first team club cul­ture,” said Chi­ram­badare.

The two gi­ants will be meet­ing for the 32nd time since 2001. Dy­namos have won 13 and drawn 12, while Bosso have won just six, in­clud­ing this year’s re­verse fix­ture, which came cour­tesy of goals by Bruce Kangwa and Prince Dube.

Bosso will be hop­ing to re­peat the 2004 and 2006 per­for­mances in which they posted backto-back vic­to­ries over their Harare op­po­nents.

How­ever, Chi­ram­badare warned High­landers, say­ing his for­mer club seems to have re­mem­bered how to win.

“Dy­namos are on a roll; they seem to have re­mem­bered how to win again. Both teams have tal­ented young­sters, but in­di­vid­ual bril­liance will carry the day,” said Chi­ram­badare.

Both teams go into Sun­day’s en­counter on the back­drop of morale boost­ing wins, with Dy­namos chalk­ing up a 1-0 home win over Cha­pungu, while High­landers fought to the death for a 2-1 win over a de­ter­mined Bor­der Strik­ers in Beit­bridge in a match that saw Nh­lanhla Ndlovu end­ing his goal duck for the Bu­l­awayo gi­ants since join­ing them in July.

The match has al­ready drawn ex­cite­ment around the city, with talk in com­muter buses, as well as other so­cial spots be­ing cen­tred on it. — @skhu­moyo2000 AU­GUST Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier Soc­cer League Player of the Month Gift Mb­weti will miss this af­ter­noon’s clash pit­ting his Hwange out­fit and cham­pi­ons Chicken Inn at Lu­veve Sta­dium.

Mb­weti, who is also the lead­ing marks­man in the do­mes­tic topflight league, is serv­ing a one match sus­pen­sion and his ab­sence could prove to be a blow for the coalmin­ers, who are ea­ger to main­tain their win­ning ways fol­low­ing their in­spired 5-3 vic­tory over Tri­an­gle United in their pre­vi­ous league match.

Hwange have failed to main­tain con­sis­tency this sea­son, blow­ing hot and cold, and are still not safe from the dreaded chop. To­day they come up against a side that has slowly been gelling as the play­ers warm up to coach Rah­man Gumbo’s phi­los­o­phy. The Game­Cocks have lost just twice in the last eight games, both matches against plat­inum sides, Ngezi and FC Plat­inum. Chicken Inn could have been among the cham­pi­onship favourites had the play­ers quickly adopted to Gumbo’s style of play, es­pe­cially after los­ing three key, in­flu­en­tial play­ers in Ed­more Chi­ram­badare and Michelle Katsvairo, who joined South African glam­our side Kaizer Chiefs, as well as cap­tain Danny Phiri, who found a new home at Golden Ar­rows in the same league in Dur­ban. Prospects of play­ing in South Africa could have been an­other fac­tor that con­trib­uted to the team’s poor per­for­mance even un­der Joe An­tipas, who is now at AmaZulu. Play­ers are be­lieved to have feared com­mit­ting them­selves for fear of sus­tain­ing in­juries, while await­ing po­ten­tial in­vi­ta­tions for tri­als. The Game­Cocks wel­come back the na­tional team trio of Lawrence Mh­langa, Tafadzwa Kutinyu and Teenage Hadebe for to­day’s clash. — @skhu­moyo2000

Stan­ley Chi­ram­badare

Gift Mb­weti

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