Dy­namos brace for Bantu Rovers

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ed­die Chikamhi Se­nior Sports Re­porter

IN-FORM Harare giants Dy­namos say they are not moved that one of their key play­ers Em­manuel Mandi­ranga will not be avail­able for tonight’s Cas­tle Lager Premier­ship clash against Bantu Rovers at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium.

The match will kick-off at 7.30pm.

DeMbare as­sis­tant coach Big­gie Zuze yes­ter­day said they were still look­ing to build on their mo­men­tum af­ter go­ing on a per­fect run of five straight wins.

A win tonight could see the Glam­our Boys climb­ing to the top of the ta­ble for the first time this sea­son.

Mandi­ranga is among the nine play­ers who have been handed sus­pen­sions this week af­ter ac­cu­mu­lat­ing three yel­low cards.

Mandi­ranga’s sus­pen­sion comes at a time the Glam­our Boys are also grap­pling with an in­jury blow to an­other key for­ward Qual­ity Kan­gadze.

“It’s bad to lose play­ers through in­jury and sus­pen­sion, but we have to move on. When cer­tain key play­ers are not avail­able that’s when a team’s depth or lack of it is seen,’’ said Zuze.

“I think we have the re­place­ments and it now goes down to the player who has been given the chance to play to show what he is made of. I am sure they will de­liver.

“But it’s sad Mandi­ranga got sus­pended when he was be­gin­ning to en­joy his game and to set­tle in the Dy­namos colours. With Qual­ity, we had un­der­es­ti­mated the ex­tent of his in­jury. We ac­tu­ally dis­cov­ered it was worse than ini­tially thought.

“No doubt, these guys have con­trib­uted a lot to where we are right now this sea­son. You have seen how they have been scor­ing goals.”

Dy­namos are com­ing from a 4-3 home win over Bu­l­awayo City and they are look­ing to make it six wins on the trot fol­low­ing the vic­to­ries over Harare City, ZPC Kariba, Tsholot­sho and Ngezi Plat­inum Stars.

Their at­tack has been one of the most pro­lific with man-ofthe-mo­ment Chris­tian Epoupa of Cameroon en­joy­ing the sup­port of mid­field­ers Den­ver Mukamba, Cleopas Ka­pupurika and Mandi­ranga.

“Prob­a­bly the big­gest is­sue we have to deal with is com­pla­cency. We have to be pos­i­tive al­ways and re­mem­ber­ing that our op­po­nents also need re­spect be­cause they are also in it to com­pete.

“Bantu Rovers may have strug­gled, but we don’t have to for­get what they can do on a good day. They are the only team that have scored seven goals in a match this sea­son,” said Zuze.

Vet­eran de­fender Tapiwa Khum­buyani said the Bu­l­awayo out­fit has a plan for the match as they are look­ing to tighten the de­fence.

“Ob­vi­ously, we are go­ing there as un­der­dogs so we don’t have that pres­sure. But, ob­vi­ously, we would want to get pos­i­tive re­sults.

“They have been scor­ing goals so we would need to be tight at the back so that we don’t con­cede goals,” said Khum­buyani.

The vis­i­tors were yes­ter­day fret­ting over the avail­abil­ity of ex­pe­ri­enced de­fender Du­misani Ndlovu who was sched­uled to take a late fit­ness test.

Ndlovu suf­fered a groin in­jury in the 1-0 loss to Cha­pungu last week­end.

An­other de­fender David Mubayiwa was shown a red card in the match and will not be el­i­gi­ble for se­lec­tion this even­ing.

Yadah have been the most af­fected team by sus­pen­sions this week as they are set to be with­out the duo of Welling­ton Ka­mud­yariwa and left­back Brian Chik­wenya in the match against High­landers at Bar­bour­fields on Sun­day.

The new­boys are com­ing from a morale-boost­ing 2-0 win over cham­pi­ons CAPS United dur­ing mid­week.

Bosso will be with­out de­fender Ben­son Phiri through sus­pen­sion.

Sus­pended play­ers

Liv­ing­stone Genti (Cha­pungu), Mor­ris Kad­zola (Bu­l­awayo City), Em­manuel Mandi­ranga (Dy­namos), Darryl Nyan­doro (Chicken Inn), Mun­yaradzi Kun­yarimwe (ZPC Kariba), Clay­ton Phiri (Hwange), Ben­son Phiri (High­landers), Brian Chik­wenya (Yadah), Welling­ton Ka­mud­yariwa (Yadah).

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