'Dynamos a threat'

HARARE - Highlanders need to be at their very best if they are to knock Castle Premiership log leaders Dynamos off their perch, says Tshilamoyo midfielder Masimba Mambare.

Bosso arrive at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday trailing DeMbare by two points with only five games to go before the 2012 Castle Premiership season ends.

The Bulawayo giants have not beaten the defending champions in Harare since 2006 and Mambare knows too well the tough task that lies ahead for them.

A draw will not be good enough for Highlanders as Dynamos will remain with their two point advantage.

“Dynamos are a big team especially when they are playing in front of their home fans.

We have to be at our best if we are to win Sunday’s match,” Mambare told the Daily News yesterday.

“They will also be urged on by the fact that they know they can wrap up the championship if they beat us as they will go five points clear. But we are also geared up for the challenge because if we win on Sunday we will go top of the standings with one point.”

The former Motor Action midfielder has been Bosso’s most productive player down the wing this season.

Mambare has generally been Highlanders’ heartbeat as the team perform well when he is on song.

The Bulawayo giants’ last visit to Rufaro brings back sad memories after they were walloped 3-0 by highflying Monomotapa last month.

That was Kevin Kaindu’s men first league defeat since the start of the season as their unbeaten run had stretched to a record 23 matches.

Mambare, however, does not have any qualms about Sunday’s visit to the venue that saw them surrender their proud unbeaten run.

“Of course, we lost to Monomotapa at Rufaro but Sunday’s game will be a new game all together,” remarked Mambare.

“We have been to Rufaro already this season and won. We went there and beat CAPS 2-0 after I scored both goals.”

Sunday’s game has attracted a lot of attention since the start of the week and a bumper crowd is expected.

“For us the players we are just treating it like any other game we have played this season,” said Mambare.

“But it is a different when it comes to the supporters though. Most of our fans have not given up on us winning the championship and all week we have been getting a lot of encouragement.

“This game really means a lot to the fans and we are going to do our best to win it for them. They have been behind us all season.

“All we are now doing is praying to God for a good result so that we do not disappoint our supporters.”

Bosso’s Sunday opponents Dynamos have been rocked by the recent life ban handed to their central defender Guthrie Zhokinyi last week.

Zhokinyi, who has been Dynamos leader at the back this season, is not available for Sunday’s match and coach Calisto Pasuwa’s woes have been worsened by Partson Jaure injury.

On Wednesday, Pasuwa revealed that Jaure is likely not top play against Highlanders as he is nursing a nasty gush on his hand.

Another ideal replacement, George Magariro, has had personal problems that have disrupted his training schedule. 

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