‘No pressure on Green Machine’
“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.