Rimuka turf, Rhinos' secret weapon

KADOMA – Rimuka Stadium has proved to be Black Rhinos’ secret weapon in their fight against relegation since their relocation to Kadoma last month.

The army side has slowly started picking up points at Rimuka, collecting five points from a possible nine in the process.

This is however, not a mean feat for a club that was struggling to garner satisfactory points while in Harare.

Since Rhinos moved to their adopted home, they are still to consider a goal having drawn 0-0 against Tripple B, won 2-0 over FC Platinum before holding defending champions Dynamos to a goalless draw at their fortress on Sunday.

But while other teams are complaining about the uneven bumpy turf at the stadium which makes the first touch heavy, Rhinos have perfected the art of playing at home and outclassed their opponents in Kadoma.

Rhinos are thriving on direct play where they use physique and speed against their opponents.

Although Chauya Chipembere coach Arthur Tutani denied that the bumpy pitch is giving them an advantage over their opponents, visiting teams have complained about the condition of the pitch.

Tutani instead said the Kadoma community has been very receptive to them and it was evident against Dynamos when a number of Kadoma residents rallied behind Chauya Chipembere, the same way they did against Tripple B and FC Platinum.

“Our secret to this resurgence is the Kadoma community which has given us morale and I was really impressed by the way they stood up against the vociferous Dynamos supporters,” Tutani told the Daily News.

“We are here to stay and we will also do our best not to disappoint them.”

On the pitch he said: “I wouldn’t want to comment much about the turf at the stadium but I believe that it’s in good condition for us because we have managed to play our normal game,” he added.

“I also believe dynamos enjoyed their passing, but we also matched them. Our boys played well and stuck to our game plan to defend and we managed to contain them.”

Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa said the bumpy pitch affected his team’s normal type of play although he would not want to hide behind the issue of the pitch for failing to collect maximum points.

“The surface at the stadium affected our normal play because we start our build ups from the back,” said Pasuwa.

“But then we need to start winning outside Harare because we can’t continue playing at Rufaro all the time. We need to adjust playing at such surfaces.”

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