We don't fear DeMbare: Mangwiro

HARARE - CAPS UNITED coach Taurai Mangwiro says Dynamos will pay the ultimate price if they think their dominance in the Harare Derby will last forever.

DeMbare lock horns with arch rivals United at Rufaro Stadium Sunday afternoon in a match neither side is prepared to lose.

“Nothing lasts forever,” Mangwiro told the Daily News on Sunday.

“History and records are made to be broken and Dynamos are no exception. This is a different game altogether.

“Dynamos are not supernatural; they are human after all so why should we fear them.”

Dynamos hold the bragging rights in previous Harare Derby encounters which stretch back to the last four years.

But unlike in previous seasons, CAPS United come into the derby very much in the running of the Castle Premier Soccer League title race.

The Green Machine are just three points adrift of log leaders Dynamos after an indifferent start to the season.

With 10 games to go until season end, Makepekepe are currently riding high on the back of a 10-game unbeaten run.

And the Green Machine camp will fully know that a win against their nemesis this afternoon will help them seize control of their title destiny.

“We have been preparing very well for this game. I’m happy with how players have been responding at practise,” said Mangwiro.

“It’s unfortunate we will be less Gift Phiri and Terence Gonzo who are carrying knocks. Arnold Chivheya is also out due to suspension.

“But either way everything looks in order,” the former Dynamos player said.

Mangwiro encouraged his side to draw courage from their new found form.

“We are seeing a lot of positives from our last performances in which we have done well against teams that have dominated us in recent seasons,” the former Monomotapa coach said.

“We have done well against Highlanders, Hwange and Monomotapa and that should give us courage going into Sunday’s (today) match.”

On the other hand, Dynamos are equally convinced that they will continue with their dominance over Makepekepe.

“Matches against CAPS United usually motivate players on their own,” DeMbare assistant coach Tichaona Diya said earlier this week.

“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.”


Sunday: How Mine v Highlanders (Barboufields), Dynamos v CAPS United (Rufaro, SS9), Triangle v Harare City (Gibbo), Platinum v Monomotapa (Mandava)

Monday: Black Mambas v Buffaloes (Morris Depot, SS9).

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