Jaure challenges teammates

HARARE - Dynamos star defender Patson Jaure has challenged his teammates to look within themselves and provide a quick response when they host Buffaloes in a Castle Premiership tie at Rufaro on Sunday.

The Glamour Boys are short on confidence after having lost 1-0 to league debutants How Mine last weekend in a tension-filled match at Luveve Stadium.

Despite that setback, Dynamos remain within striking distance of log leaders  Harare City, who they trail by three points.

Dynamos and Buffaloes have already met twice this year with each team recording a victory and their clash on Sunday will be the third inside a month.

Buffaloes handed DeMbare their first defeat of the season after 14 games with a 3-2 victory in the first leg at Sakubva.

Calisto Pasuwa’s men, however, responded by knocking out the Mutare-based soldiers out of the BancABC Sup8r with a 2-0 defeat at Gibbo Stadium in Triangle.

“It won’t be an easy game for either of the two teams,” Jaure told Daily News.

“They beat us in the first fixture and we have to take them seriously. They are a good side and we need to be at our best if we are to collect maximum points.

“We should quickly forget about our defeat to How Mine and bounce back to winning ways. This is the crucial stage of the season and we can’t afford to keep on dropping points.

“We need to stay within a shouting distance with the leading pack. We should stay focused with our game. It is important that we win all our matches from now.”

Jaure added: “I always feel that we have the quality to be in the top there but it’s down to consistency.

“All the matches from now of course will have a vital part in our final position of the season and on Sunday (against Buffaloes) is a big game and therefore it’s important to prepare for it.

“We are in a difficult league and we need to be at our best.”

DeMbare will be without midfielder Devon Chafa, their best player so far this season, and left back Ocean Mushure, who are part of the Warriors squad that left for Lusaka for the Cosafa Cup on Thursday.

There are also injury concerns for strikers Francesco Zekumbawire, Patrick Kumbula, Washington Pakamisa and midfielder Thomas Magorimbo, who all picked knocks in their last match against How Mine.

Buffaloes are going into the match high on confidence following a 5-1 drubbing of Tripple B at Sakubva last weekend.

Former Highlanders midfielder cum-striker Jacob Muzokomba scored a hat-trick while former Dynamos winger Wonder Sithole and Admire Dzumbunu weighed in with a goal each.

The army side will be hoping to pick up from where they left when they travel to Harare.

Fixtures

Saturday: Tripple B v Black Rhinos (Dulibadzimu), FC Platinum v Motor Action (Mandava), Monomotapa v Harare City FC (Rufaro)

Sunday: Shabanie Mine v Black Mambas (Maglas), Chicken Inn v Highlanders(Barbourfields), Triangle v How Mine (Gibbo), Dynamos v Buffaloes(Rufaro), Hwange v CAPS United (Colliery)

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