'DeMbare still hungry for more'

HARARE – Tichaona Diya is convinced Dynamos have what it takes to continue their dominance over cross town nemesis CAPS United on Sunday as the Castle Premiership champions prepare for the most anticipated Harare Derby in three years. 

The Dynamos assistant coach has been a crucial figure in the Glamour Boys’ derby success of the past three seasons as part of the club’s technical staff under different head coaches.

But DeMbare will have to do without their rising midfield star Devon Chafa on Sunday as he is serving a 30-day suspension by Fifa for failing a doping test. 

Chafa was the hero in the reverse fixture of the derby, converting a second half penalty as Dynamos made it four consecutive wins over their city rivals.

The Green Machine have not beaten Dynamos in a league match since 2009.

And Diya, although quick to warn the players against complacency, was generally satisfied with his team’s preparations and readiness. 

Makepekepe are currently enjoying a good run of form and are unbeaten in their previous 10 matches, raising hopes that they will finally break the jinx. 

“Matches against CAPS United usually motivate players on their own,” said the Diya.

“The boys are motivated and ready to beat CAPS United. Our preparations are going on well. Everyone is fit and raring to go. We are only faced with selection headache because everyone is geared up for the match. All the boys are in high spirits but at the end of the day we will have to come up with 18 players to represent us on Sunday.

“This is one game that we should not lose. We want to win that match at all costs. We will do everything to ensure that we get those three points.”

Diya added that DeMbare are not paying attention to United’s good form.

“We are not worried about what they are doing. We are only focusing on our preparations. They have been playing well but we are not reading much into history books. This is a new game with different challenges,” Diya said.

“At Dynamos we don’t have special preparations for any team. We treat all our matches the same way. Most teams turn to play well against us but we are not worried about that.

“We have been telling our players to maintain our position on the log and I am sure they are ready for the battle. We want to stay at the top form as long as we can so we cannot afford to lose this game.

“It’s an important match for us especially towards our title chase. The boys should not also relax just because we have been beating them in the previous years. We need to stay focused.”

Dynamos are currently sitting on top of the log with 38 points, just edging out joint-leaders Harare City on goal difference.

They are three ahead of CAPS, who are on fourth place from the same number of matches.

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