Sus­pen­sions deal DeMbare a blow

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Grace Chin­goma Se­nior Sports Re­porter

DY­NAMOS coach Lloyd Mutasa says t he sus­pen­sion of defender Lin­coln Zvasiya and mid­fielder Tichaona Chipunza is a mas­sive blow for t he team ahead of t he Harare Derby at Ru­faro on Sun­day.

The duo have been sus­pended af­ter ac­cu­mu­lat­ing t hree yel­low cards.

And t he ab­sence of t he t wo 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 t he Bat­tle of Zim­babwe last Sun­day, will se­verely weaken t he Glam­our Boys.

CAPS United will also miss inf lu­en­tial full­back Valen­tine Musarurwa who also picked t hree yel­low cards.

“Lin­coln and Tichaona are some of t he rea­sons why we are in t he posit ion t hat we are right now,’’ said Mutasa.

“They have been t re­men­dous t hrough­out t he sea­son but I would li ke to be­lieve that who­ever is go­ing to fi l l in t he shoes have been watch­ing and see­ing what t he other guys have been do­ing and we ex­pect them to come and do t he job for us.

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

“I wouldn’t want to t alk much about t he t hings t hat 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 reg- is­tered is f it 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 t he mo­ment, but I am sure we are pre­par­ing well for t hat 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 t hey are hatched,’’ he said.

He said there was dis­ap­point­ment af­ter t he draw against High­landers.

“The young­sters felt dis­ap­pointed to col­lect a point. It’s an in­di­ca­tion t hat t hey are hun­gry and ready to change t hat by bounc­ing back against CAPS United.

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

“We are t wo points be­hind t he lead­ing pack and we want to get back to win­ning ways. We would want to atone for t he draw and quickly bounce to win­ning ways,” said Mutasa.

Fix­tures Chibuku Su­per Cup Pre­lim­i­nary Round: To­mor­row: Hwange v Yadah (Man­dava, 1pm); Tsholot­sho v Bantu Rovers (Man­dava, 3pm).

Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier­ship: Sun­day: Dy­namos v CAPS United (Ru­faro, 3pm).

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