DeMbare blow ahead of Harare derby

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Grace Chin­goma

DY­NAMOS coach, Lloyd Mutasa, says the sus­pen­sion of de­fender Lin­coln Zvasiya and mid­fielder Tichaona Chipunza is a mas­sive blow for the team ahead of the Harare Derby at Ru­faro on Sun­day. The duo have been sus­pended af­ter ac­cu­mu­lat­ing three yel­low cards. And the ab­sence of the two key play­ers, com­bined with that of chief striker, Chris­tian Epoupa Ntouba, who is serv­ing a two-match ban af­ter he picked a red card in the Bat­tle of Zim­babwe last Sun­day, will se­verely weaken the Glam­our Boys. Caps United will also miss in­flu­en­tial full­back Valen­tine Musarurwa who also picked three yel­low cards. “Lin­coln and Tichaona are some of the rea­sons why we are in the po­si­tion that we are right now,’’ said Mutasa. “They have been t re­men­dous through­out the sea­son but I would like to be­lieve that who­ever is go­ing to fill in the shoes have been watch­ing and see­ing what the other guys have been do­ing and we ex­pect them to come and do the job for us.

“As a tech­ni­cal team, we can­not talk much about that (Ntouba red card saga).

“I wouldn’t want to talk much about the things that we don’t have con­trol over. What we can only think about, as the tech­ni­cal team, is to try and make sure ev­ery­one we have reg­is­tered is fit and ready to do duty at any given time,” said Mutasa.

The DeMbare coach ex­pects an­other tough en­counter.

“It’s an­other tough en­counter against a good Caps United side, who are do­ing well at the mo­ment, but I am sure we are pre­par­ing well for that tie as well.

“We would want to try and max­imise, try and get an ad­van­tage.

“We have been talk­ing about an el­e­ment of not count­ing chick­ens be­fore they are hatched,’’ he said.

He said there was dis­ap­point­ment af­ter the draw against High­landers.

“The young­sters felt dis­ap­pointed to col­lect a point. It’s an in­di­ca­tion that they are hun­gry and ready to change that by bounc­ing back against Caps United.

“It is a game in hand, th­ese are the games we were talk­ing about that they don’t count for points. We know what we want to play for.

“We are two points be­hind the lead­ing pack and we want to get back to win­ning ways. We would want to at one for the draw and quickly bounce to win­ning ways,” said Mutasa.

Chris­tian Epoupa Ntouba

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