'It's a new challenge'

HARARE - Dynamos coach Callisto Pasuwa has warned his charges not to read too much into the history books when they face CAPS United in Sunday’s Harare derby at the National Sports Stadium.

The Glamour Boys have dominated recent meetings between the two giants, and Pasuwa is keen to stretch that record.   

The showdown, despite coming in the background of an average season so far for both sides, has still managed to arouse interest from the Blue and the Green halves of the capital.

Both teams are tied on 15 points on the Castle Premiership standings after nine matches.

“It’s a game we think everyone associated with Zimbabwe has been waiting for, we know we have dominated them, but we are not looking into that history,” Pasuwa said after yesterday’s training session at Zimphos grounds.

“It’s a new game and we have some new players in the squad so our approach should be positive. At Dynamos, every game is a pressure game, so it’s one of those games that we need to approach with the right attitude inorder to collect maximum points.”  

Apart from guaranteeing the winner three priceless points, bragging rights are also at stake.

“We started very slowly to the season but our objective is to have those three points. It doesn’t matter how we are going to get them, but we need the three points,” added the two-time championship-winning coach.

“In every game that we play we go there with a winning mentality. But we also need to understand that there are three results in football – win draw and a defeat. We are urging our fans to come in their numbers and rally behind the team.”

DeMbare have been boosted by the return of several players who were sidelined by injury and suspension in recent weeks.

“So far so good. Guys who have been injured like (Francisco) Zekumbawira, Tichaona Mabvura, Byron Madzokere, and (Patrick) Kumbula are back and might feature on Sunday,” said Pasuwa.

Pasuwa also showered praises on the returning captain Murape Murape, who missed last weekend’s 2-0 win over Hwange through suspension.

“Murape has played many derbies previously and it will be a plus for us to have him back in the team.”

There was however concern for Dynamos after in-form striker Washington Pakamisa missed the full training programme yesterday. The former CAPS United skipper, set to play against his former club for the first time, has scored six goals so far in the season.

“Pakamisa has a groin injury and we had to rest him. He trained three-quarters of the session then we rested him while monitoring his situation,” he said.

“We are also monitoring keeper (Artwell) Mukandi, who is returning from injury and Ocean Mushure who also has a knock on his ankle.”

The high profile derby clash will kick-off at 2pm, an hour earlier than the usual starting time in order to fit into the allotted time for live television coverage on SuperSport. - Godknows Matarutse

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