‘No pres­sure on Green Ma­chine’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

“You can­not play dif­fer­ently from the way you have been pre­par­ing for matches. But in as far as we are con­cerned pres­sure does not ex­ist on our side,” said Chitem­bwe.

Makepekepe are com­ing from a morale boost­ing 3-1 win away at Bor­der Strik­ers which took their tally to 53 points on the log stand­ings. But with vet­eran for­ward Leonard Tsipa out of the derby through sus­pen­sion, the dice is likely to fall on Simba Nhivi and Do­minic Chungwa to lead the at­tack to­mor­row.

Tsipa is cur­rently the league’s top scorer with 10 goals. Caps United boast good depth and they are pos­i­tive the sus­pen­sion of Tsipa and winger Phineas Ba­musi will not im­pact their game in a big way.

At­tack­ing mid­fielder Tafadzwa Rusike, who made a wel­come re­turn when he scored the team’s third goal in the 3-1 win at Bor­der Strik­ers last week, has re­cov­ered from a nag­ging groin in­jury on time for the big match against his for­mer pay­mas­ters.

There prom­ises to be some in­ter­est­ing id­field du­els as Devon Chafa, Ab­bas Amidu and Joel Ngodzo face off with Dy­namos’ Stephen Ali­menda, Bret Amidu, Den­ver Mukamba and Do­minic Mukandi.

The Glam­our Boys also have ex­cit­ing prospects in Masimba Mam­bare, God­knows Mur­wira and Ocean Mushure while Makepekepe’s rich ar­se­nal also has the likes of Hardlife Zvirekwi, Ron­ald Pfumbidzai and Stephen Makatuka.

Makepekepe beat Dy­namos 1-0 in the first leg at Ru­faro and they will be look­ing to com­plete a rare dou­ble over the ri­vals they had last beaten in a league match in 2009.

“I am not a statis­ti­cian, un­for­tu­nately. I am just a foot­ball coach and as a coach it’s not cor­rect to dwell much on statis­tics. It’s im­por­tant to con­cen­trate more on tac­tics and tech­ni­cal as­pects of the game be­cause statis­tics can­not win matches.

“We need to as­sem­ble a team that can com­pete, a team that is very pro­fes­sional in the ex­e­cu­tion of its re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. The whole idea is to try and come up with a team that can give us what we want,” said Chitem­bwe.

His op­po­site num­ber Lloyd Mu­tasa said DeMbare are happy to as­sume the un­der­dog tag. Dy­namos have had a rough cam­paign this year.

They have since re­vised their tar­get to a top four fin­ish but it also looks a tall or­der as they are cur­rently sit­ting sixth with 39 points. They are 14 points be­hind their ri­vals Caps United who lead the race.

How­ever, DeMbare skip­per Stephen Ali­menda who is set to re­turn to the fold af­ter miss­ing last week’s 1-1 draw with Hwange said DeMbare are up for the chal­lenge.

“Of course this is a derby but we are not putting our­selves un­der un­nec­es­sary pres­sure. We have been pre­par­ing for it the same way we had pre­pared for all the other games.

“We are not look­ing at how our op­po­nents have been far­ing this year, we usu­ally con­cen­trate on our game. Ev­ery­one knows we lost the first leg and with that in mind ob­vi­ously it means we have to cor­rect our mis­takes as we go into this match.

“It’s Its quite un­der­stand­able, Caps United will be highly mo­ti­vated (by the de­sire to win the cham­pi­onship) but we are pre­pared for them. We are ready to face any­thing they throw at us,” said Ali­menda.

Lloyd Chitem­bwe

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