Pasuwa wary of complacency

HARARE - Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa has warned against complacency ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Shabanie Mine in the BancABC Sup8r Cup semifinal clash at Barbourfields Stadium tomorrow.

Pasuwa conceded yesterday that Shabanie have the pedigree to derail the Glamour Boys’ chances of lifting the country’s richest competition for the second time in its five-year history.

DeMbare knocked out Buffaloes 2-0 in the quarterfinals while Shabanie Mine progressed after dismissing highly-fancied Chicken Inn at the same stage of the competition.

And Pasuwa yesterday revealed his burning desire to exert their dominance on cup competitions, having won the last two editions of the Mbada Diamonds Cup in addition to their back-to-back league titles.

The Harare giants wound up their preparations at Zimphos grounds yesterday ahead of their departure for Bulawayo this morning.

“We have been discussing it at training, that our mind-sets should be right. We need to approach this game the same way as if we were playing CAPS United, Highlanders and FC Platinum,” Pasuwa told the Daily News yesterday.

“There are no more small teams in the Premiership. We have to treat all teams the same way. 

“These guys we are facing will be motivated. The fact that they got this far means they are a good side and they should be taken seriously.

“We need to go out there and fight hard if we are to progress to the finals. This is an important cup to us.

“We want to win it. But for us to achieve that feat, we really need to stay focused.  The good thing is players know what is needed and we expect a good result.

“They (Shabanie) signed some seasoned players during the mid-season transfer window.

“They are not bad players and they have a point to prove and we should not underrate them. Players like Norman Maroto are good strikers and can punish any opposition on their day.”

Meanwhile, Dynamos fullback Augustine Mbara has been ruled out due to groin injury.

Left-back Ocean Mushure is however, back from injury and will be available for selection while forward Patrick Kumbula must pass a late fitness test.

Meanwhile, FC Platinum will be seeking revenge against a Monomotapa side that knocked them out of the Mbada Diamonds Cup semi-finals last season.

Platinum are yet to beat Monomotapa in a cup competition for three years.

The platinum miners are now under their third coach of the season in Lloyd Mutasa.

Platinum and Monomotapa clash this afternoon in the first of the semifinals.

Both matches start at 1400hrs and will be broadcast live on Supersport 9.


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