Bob 89 Cup explodes

HARARE - Dynamos will face their final vital test of their preparedness for this year’s edition of the African Champions League when they clash against Highlanders in Bob 89 Super Cup first leg this afternoon at Barbourfields Stadium.

The second leg will be held at Rufaro Stadium in two weeks time.

It is never an ordinary football match when these two teams collide and a lot will be at stake this afternoon.

This will be Dynamos last pre-season match before they start their 2013 campaign with a African Champions League preliminary round qualifier against Lesotho defence Forces next weekend.

The Zimbabwe champions’ preparations for the new season have been made difficult by failure to secure a number the players they registered with the Confederation of African Football.

DeMbare missed out on defender Aaron Katebe, who joined FC Platinum last month while striker Francisco Zekumbawire’s loan move from Hwange is still hanging in the balance.

The departure of the trio of Roderick Mutuma, Denver Mukamba and Simba Sithole for South African clubs has not helped the situation either.

However coach Calisto Pasuwa travelled with his new signing Clive Kawinga, who is expected to lead the attack together retaining Patrick Khumbula.

Today’s match presents Pasuwa with the final chance to come up with a working combination especially upfront before meeting LCS.

It’s been a long time since Highlanders beat Dynamos and this afternoon provides the Bulawayo giants with a chance to correct that stat.

The last time Bosso prevailed over DeMbare was back in 2006.

Today will also be the first time the two teams meet in this competition that is held to mark President Robert Mugabe’s birthday which falls on the 21st of this month.

Highlanders coach kelvin Kaindu has retained the bulk of his squad from last year with former

Lancashire Steel and Motor Action winger Fortune “Fokoza” Ncube, ex-skipper Gilbert Banda and lanky striker Thabani Moyo formerly with Bantu Rovers, being the new faces at the club.

Moyo featured for Highlanders during the 2-0 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns but failed to stamp his authority.

On the other hand, Dynamos were able to hold their own against the rich South African giants as they played out a 0-0 draw at Rufaro Stadium last weekend. - Blessings Mashaya


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