He will be missed by DeMbare:

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Grace Chin­goma

TI­TLE-CHAS­ING Dy­namos will be with­out chief striker Chris­tian Epoupa Ntuoba this af­ter­noon when they take on Bulawayo City in a Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier­ship match which they just need to win to keep their hopes alive.

The Cameroo­nian for­ward has been ruled out through sus­pen­sion.

He picked yel­low cards in matches against Harare City, ZPC Kariba and Cha­pungu.

A long list of play­ers will miss the mid-week games through sus­pen­sion with Chicken Inn mid­fielder Tha­bani Gore­dema, Tsholot­sho’s Tal­ent Tavengwa and Tatenda Tavengwa, the High­landers duo of Erick Mudz­ingwa and God­frey Makaruse, How Mine de­fender Mil­ton Ncube, Black Rhi­nos’ Tau­rai Chigudu and the Yadah Stars duo of skip­per Jimmy Dzin­gai and Jo­hannes Sibanda.

Mu­tasa said they planned for to­day’s match with­out Ntouba in the equa­tion.

“We are on the right path as much as it is a blow,’’ said coach Lloyd Mu­tasa.

“We knew in time of the sus­pen­sion and had pre­pared for the game with­out Chris­tian.

“Bar­bour­fields, we have a good record there. We played High­landers and col­lected points and How Mine and col­lected points as well.

“Bar­bour­fields is an­other home ground for us were we en­joy a good sup­port and our Bulawayo fans are among the best and this should mo­ti­vate the boys to do well.

“We have said we would want to get as many points as we can from the re­main­ing games but it is not go­ing to be easy, they are tricky games and we will take each game as it comes.”

DeMbare will prac­ti­cally camp in Bulawayo this week hop­ing to col­lect six points in the City of Kings.

Af­ter their meet­ing with Bulawayo City this af­ter­noon, they will re­main there for an­other en­counter against Bantu Rovers at the week­end.

These two matches are very cru­cial for Mu­tasa and his men who want to main­tain the pres­sure on the lead­ing pack and at the same time hop­ing for a slip-up from Ngezi Plat­inum and FC Plat­inum.

This sea­son DeMbare, who en­joy a good sup­port base in Bulawayo, have posted good re­sults at Bar­bour­fields by thrash­ing How Mine 6-0, set­tling for a goal­less draw against Chicken Inn and be­ing awarded a 3-0 vic­tory for their aban­doned match against High­landers.

The game was aban­doned be­cause of crowd trou­ble af­ter a con­tro­ver­sial DeMbare equaliser towards the end of the first half.

Mu­tasa said they were fo­cus­ing on their game and then, af­ter 90 min­utes, look at how their ri­vals would have per­formed. Two of their ri­vals Ngezi Plat­inum and Chicken Inn would be in­volved in a bruis­ing bat­tle at Baobab this af­ter­noon while FC Plat­inum will be away to rel­e­gated Tsholot­sho.

The match has since been moved to Lu­veve from Duli­vadz­imu.

The Pre­mier Soc­cer League are now set­ting the fix­tures for lead­ing pack at the same time start­ing from this af­ter­noon.

On Satur­day, only the four teams which are in­volved in the race will be in ac­tion, while the rest of the league will play on Sun­day.


To­day: Bulawayo City v Dy­namos (Bar­bour­fields), Ngezi Plat­inum v Chicken Inn (Baobab), ZPC Kariba v Tri­an­gle (Nyamhunga), Harare City v Black Rhi­nos (Ru­faro), Cha­pungu v Bantu Rovers (As­cot), Tsholot­sho v FC Plat­inum (Lu­veve), CAPS United v Yadah (Na­tional Sports Sta­dium), Sha­banie v Hwange (Ma­glas).

To­mor­row: High­landers v How Mine (Bar­bour­fields).

Satur­day: FC Plat­inum v Ngezi Plat­inum (Man­dava), Chicken Inn v Cha­pungu (Lu­veve), Bantu Rovers v Dy­namos (Bar­bour­fields).

Sun­day: CAPS United v Bulawayo City (Na­tional Sports Sta­dium), Yadah v High­landers (Ru­faro), How Mine v Sha­banie (Lu­veve), Hwange v Harare City (Col­liery), Black Rhi­nos v ZPC Kariba (Mor­ris De­pot).

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