Pasuwa calls for response

HARARE – Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa has called on his players to vent their fury on Castle Premiership leaders Harare City Wednesday following their BancABC Sup8r Cup defeat to Shabanie Mine at the weekend.

The Glamour Boys were eliminated from the BancABC tournament following a 4-3 penalty shootout defeat to Shabanie Mine at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.

And Pasuwa is expecting a spirited response from his players when they engage tricky City, who are sitting at the top of the Premiership table.

With the two teams separated by just three points after 19 rounds of action, Pasuwa is fully aware of the importance of collecting maximum points.

The Sunshine Boys are on top with 38 points while the Harare giants are in second place with 35 points.

“We have been telling the players to go out there and pick themselves up. We need these three points to go at par with the guys who are on top,” Pasuwa said.

“It’s one of those difficult matches, but we need to beat Harare City on our own. This is our chance to cover up the gap and not to wait for other teams to do it for us.

“Against Shabanie Mine, we played well but we wasted too many chances. We always tell the boys that football is about the goals. Now we need to forget about that defeat and move forward. We want to have a good league run. We owe that to the supporters and we have massive matches coming up. Hopefully we can put right the wrongs of the cup elimination.

“We need to get into the match fully prepared because this is the crucial part of the season. We can’t afford any slip up at this point in time. All matches that we are going to play from now will be important towards our title chase.

“In our camp, we wanted to win every trophy, but unfortunately we couldn’t. I think it will now give us time to concentrate more on the league.”

Dynamos will be without influential midfielder Devon Chafa, who was slapped with a suspension by Fifa this week after testing positive to a prohibited drug.

Pasuwa bemoaned the rising Warriors star’s loss.

“Devon is definitely out following the suspension by Fifa. It’s a big loss to the team. He has been very instrumental to the club in stabilising our midfield department,” Pasuwa said.

“It’s part of the game and we have to soldier on. We now have to look to other guys like Sydney Linyama, Thomas Magorimbo and Stephen Alimenda. We will try and have results coming.”

Matches involve the two sides have always been closely-contested since City’s promotion two years ago. They have met thrice with both teams winning once and drawing the other.

Fixtures

Wednesday: Motor Action v Triangle (Motor Action Sports Club), Black Rhinos v Shabanie Mine (Rimuka), Buffaloes v Chicken Inn (Sakubva), Highlanders v Monomotapa (Barbourfields), Harare City v Dynamos (Rufaro), Hwange v FC Platinum (Colliery).

Thursday: How Mine v Black Mambas (Luveve), CAPS United v Tripple B (National Sports Stadium).

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Nicholas Makiwa - 4 September 2013

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