Rhinos plot DeMbare downfall

HARARE - Black Rhinos assistant coach Ndega Matsika has warned Dynamos against underestimating his when the two teams clash in the Castle Premiership on Sunday.

 The army side made a return to the big boys league this season, having spent four seasons in division one.

But Chauya Chipembere have since found the going tough thus far, matters coming to a head when the fired coach Nesbert Saruchera following a string of poor results after just eight games.

 Saruchera’s deputy Arthur Tutani and Matsika were immediately elevated to the hot seat and the paid is determined to recover after a faltering start to the season.

“It’s going to be a big game and we are looking forward to it,” Matsika told Daily News yesterday.

“We have quite a youthful squad. The game itself is a motivation on its own. Dynamos are the defending champions and everyone wants to do well against them, so we are preparing for them.

“We will be the underdogs going into the game but in football anything is possible. They should not underrate us because we can spring a surprise and beat them.  We have a young team with a lot of potential and they can surprise anyone on a good day. If they are to underrate us they will have to do that at their own peril.”

Rhinos have an exciting blend of youth and experience with such players as Bruce Homora, Milton Kureva, Ndabazile Ndlovu and Brian Muzondiwa, all recruited from division one outfit DStv Rangers, showing good promise.

The soldiers also brought the DC Academy duo of Marshal Mudewe and Hebert Rusawo, Jameson Mukobwe from Twalumba as well as Wonder Kapinda from Monomotapa.

Chauya Chipembere will welcome back veteran midfielder Lazarus Muhoni, who missed their last two Premiership matches against Shabanie Mine and Triangle due to injury.

“Muhoni started training today (yesterday) and he was looking sharp. We need his experience especially in these big matches.”

DeMbare are the only undefeated team in the league thus so far with seven draws and five wins from 12 matches.

 DeMbare have recovered incredibly from an indifferent start in their defence of their back-to-back titles and are now on second place on the log table with 22 points trailing log leaders Highlanders by just four points.

 Dynamos’ squad, however, currently resembles a hospital ward with several key players suffering from different ailments.

 The defending champions picked maximum points at the weekend following a 2-0 win against Motor Action with a largely makeshift squad.

They have defenders Partson Jaure, Gift Bello , Byron Madzokere and striker Francisco Zekumbawira all injured and they are expected to resume training this week.

Meanwhile, Dynamos and Highlanders will seal their kit partnership deal with Adidas at a function set for Pandhari Lodge this evening.

 The massive deal, being funded by financial institution BancABC, will go a long way in bringing a professional touch to the way both teams are run.

DeMbare and Bosso already use the branded Adidas kits with the BancABC logo on the front part of their jerseys. - Godknows Matarutse

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