Chafa rallies Dynamos ahead of epic Highlanders clash

HARARE – Devon Chafa's six months ban may not allow him anywhere near Barbourfields Stadium for Sunday's epic derby that has been billed as the biggest match of the year.

But that has only fuelled his desire to see Dynamos roll past Highlanders and swing the destiny of the Castle Premiership title back into their corner.

One of the key men in Dynamos' quest to win a third Castle Premiership title in succession, Chafa was dealt a huge blow when he was banned for six months by Fifa for failing a drug test earlier this year.

The ban came at a time when the promising midfield genius had done enough for club and country to earn the praise of pundits.

Some even suggested he could have gone on to become the 2013 Soccer Star of the Year.

But all those prospects turned into a nightmare and despair after the world football governing body slapped the 23-year-old midfielder with a six-month ban.

Chafa has however, not allowed his personal frustrations to get into the way of his faith in the Dynamos class of 2013.

The Warriors midfielder, who has been following proceedings at Dynamos from a distance, said the Glamour Boys' winning mentality will carry the day for them on Sunday.

"I believe the guys will do it," an emotional Chafa told the Daily News.

"At Dynamos we have a winning mentality that no matter what the odds are, we will overcome."

The hard tackling holding midfielder will be hugely missed in the Dynamos midfield department where Mthulusi Maphosa has been a revelation for Highlanders in recent games.

Chafa believes there is enough ammunition at Dynamos to do the job.

The Warriors midfield star refused to dub Sunday's derby as a title decider.

"I don't believe if we win this match we would have won the title," Chafa said.

"There are still four matches to go which we must win. After Highlanders, we need to win every match that remains.

There is a lot at stake in this game and everyone in the Dynamos camp knows that."

The promising midfield genius will be sitting on the sidelines for the next four months before trying to rebuild his career at the end of February next year.

He was also expected to be one of the leading players for Zimbabwe for next January's Chan tournament in South Africa, before things fell apart.

Perhaps his only sentimental consolation after losing so much in so little time will be if Dynamos go all the way to win the title.

But the unassuming Chafa insists the Castle Premiership title is not about him.

"If we win (the title) it will be good for the team. Football is a team sport and everything you do is for the Dynamos jersey," Chafa said.

Fixtures

Saturday: FC Platinum v Shabanie Mine FC (Mandava, SS9), Motor Action v Black Rhinos (Motor Action, CAPS United v How Mine (National Sports Stadium), Harare City v Buffaloes (Rufaro), Tripple B v Triangle (Dulibadzimu).

Sunday: Hwange v Black Mambas (Colliery), Highlanders v Dynamos (Barbourfields, SS9), Monomotapa v Chicken Inn (Gwanzura).

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