Dynamos in buoyant mood

HARARE - The Harare derby victory over bitter rivals CAPS United last weekend has instilled a great deal of confidence in the Dynamos squad ahead of their Castle Premiership clash with FC Platinum tomorrow.

The reigning champions travel to Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane for a date with the platinum miners, hot on the heels of their 1-0 win over CAPS at Rufaro Stadium last weekend.

Midfielder Tawanda Muparati, who has built a reputation of scoring last-minute winners in derbies, grabbed the all-important goal for DeMbare nine minutes from time to silence the Makepekepe fans.

“Obviously, winning the derby has given the players a lot of confidence and we want to win every game we play from now on,” boldly declared Dynamos assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya yesterday.

Dynamos can be forgiven for appearing over-confident, considering they have never lost to Platinum.

Since Platinum’s promotion into the top flight league last season, the two sides have met on three occasions, with Dynamos coming tops on all occasions.

In the league last season, Dynamos beat the miners 2-0 at Rufaro Stadium in the first half of the season before completing the double over the newcomers with a 1-0 win at Mandava , a result which effectively settled the two-horse race for the title between the two clubs.

The two teams then met in the Mbada Diamonds Cup semifinal at Barbourfields Stadium with DeMbare emerging 1-0 winners courtesy of a Cuthbert Malajila solitary strike.

Current form also favours Dynamos. The Harare giants are undefeated in five league games since their shock 1-0 loss to newcomers Harare City at Rufaro back in June.

Platinum are yet to score a goal against DeMbare in all three previous meetings, a statistic they surely hope to change by the end of 90 minutes tomorrow.

However, Dynamos fans will have to wait a little longer before they see the club’s chief mid-season signing, Obadiah Tarumbwa in action.

Tarumbwa was scheduled to arrive in the country yesterday from Cyprus.

The former Highlanders hitman is now expected to make his debut for the Zimbabwe champions next weekend.

The bustling striker has been brought in from APOP Kinyras in Greece as a direct replacement for departed club favourite Takesure Chinyama.

Chinyama was snapped up by South African champions Orlando Pirates last month after grabbing the headlines with his goal-scoring performances for the Glamour Boys.

“We are still waiting to see him (Tarumbwa), but otherwise all the other players we signed during the mid-season transfer window are here with us,” Ndiraya said.

Last season’s golden boot winner, Rodreck Mutuma, is expected to spearhead the DeMbare attack.

Coach Calisto Pasuwa has been opting to use a lone striker in recent matches.

Mutuma started last weekend against CAPS, but failed to find the back of the net in a match that produced few openings for both teams.

A win for fourth-placed Dynamos will move them to just three points off log leaders Highlanders, who will be hosting Quelaton in a local derby at Barbourfields a day later.

Platinum, on the other hand, have been crippled by injuries to six of their first team players who are doubtful for tomorrow’s game.

Caretaker coach Tendai Chikuni told the Daily News during the week that Joel Ngodzo, Frank Mulambo, Donald Ngoma, Thandazani Ndlovu, Norman Togara and Louis Matawu are all carrying knocks.

Chikuni was thrown into the hot seat at the beginning of last month after Rahman Gumbo’s sacking and has led Platinum to a win over Hardbody and a draw against high-flying Buffaloes.

The financially-stable Zvishavane club was uncharacteristically restrained during the mid-season transfer window, only opting to register winger Benjamin Marere, who had been left out of the 25-man squad in the New Year.

Marere scored on his return to the Platinum team in the win over Hardbody but will be a target of Dynamos boo-boys, who have never forgiven him for dumping the Harare giants in 2010.

The club also recalled forward Willard Manondo from fellow Premiership side Gunners, where he was on loan.

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