DeMbare wary of Chicken Inn

HARARE - Defending Castle Lager Premiership champions Dynamos face a potential banana skin that might derail their title aspirations when they take on Chicken Inn at Barbourfields Stadium this afternoon.

The plucky Bulawayo-based side has earned a reputation of being no push-overs and earlier this month held title-chasing Highlanders to a frustrating 0-0 draw in a local derby.

Dynamos, who lead the log standings on 52 points, two ahead of Bosso, know too well the tough task that awaits them at Barbourfields this afternoon.

DeMbare assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya was full of praise of Adam Ndlovu’s team after the Glamour Boys’ nervy victory over Motor Action at the weekend.

“We want to be champions and we need to go there and put up a fight. They (Chicken Inn) are a very good side who work as a team. They thrive on team effort and it will be quite difficult for us out there. We have to work extra hard so that we get a positive result,” Ndiraya said.

“We watched them play on Saturday and they are a formidable side, but like I said, we need to go there with a positive mindset and fight for the three points."

“Each and every game is a new game and we are quite positive. This victory (over Motor Action) is definitely a confidence-booster and we hope to put up a similar fight. Hopefully things will go our way.”

Ndiraya said the defending champions will need the experience of their seasoned players like captain Desmond Maringwa, Murape Murape and George Magariro going into the championship run-in.

Maringwa and Magariro made a return to the DeMbare starting lineup at the weekend against the Mighty Bulls.

The defending champions had to withstand a second half onslaught from the Bulls but were able to use their experience to see out the 90 minutes with a clean sheet.

Although Maringwa and Magariro’s performances cannot be painted in glory, Ndiraya believes the two veterans did enough.

“Due to the injuries and suspensions we have, we had to give them a run today (Sunday) and they gave a good account of themselves fitting well into the team,” said the former DeMbare midfielder.

“They are always ready to be called up when we need them and we are satisfied with their contribution. If you look at our team today, it was largely made up of experienced guys and I think our average age, if I am not mistaken, was at 28 or 29 years there about. Most of these guys are over 30 and so in any championship race you need experience. With the way we have been playing in the past few games, we needed a positive result today.”

Ndiraya added: “Remember we won 1-0 against Harare City, which was not a good performance by our standards. In the next game we drew 1-1 with Quelaton in the cup (before winning on penalties) so we saw that our team was going down. We think these guys, with their experience, will be able to lift the spirits of the young players and help us get a positive result.

“Obviously our performance was going down after we drew with Quelaton, but this game was very crucial. We got the result that we wanted no matter how it came, and I am sure going forward from now, we will be able to get more positive results.”


Shabanie vs Black Mambas (Maglas), Chicken Inn v Dynamos (Barboufields), Hwange v Highlanders (Colliery), CAPS United v Blue Rangers (National Sports Stadium), Gunners v Platinum (Lafarge), Quelaton v Monomotapa (Luveve),

Motor Action v Buffaloes (Motor Action Sports Club).

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