Dynamos under scrutiny

HARARE - Following their recent stuttering performances in the Castle Premiership, Dynamos will be hoping that a win against CAPS United in the National Army Charities semi-final at National Sports Stadium Sunday will kick start their revival.

Dynamos have experienced a serious dip in form that has triggered panic amongst their impatient fans.

The Glamour Boys have so far won three games, drew one and lost three matches in their opening seven games and are on position eight with 10 points.

Although the Harare giants are traditionally slow starters, coach Calisto Pasuwa, who led Dynamos to a record three league titles on the trot, has come under increasing pressure after last weekend’s goalless draw against Shabanie.

That draw against Shabanie was preceded by a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Buffaloes and another 1-0 defeat to league returnees Chapungu the previous week.

However, for today’s match DeMbare will be hoping that their dominance of Makepekepe will continue.

The Green Machine has struggled to beat Dynamos since March 2009 and a victory for Taurai Mangwiro’s side this afternoon could, at least, throw a belief of breaking the jinx ahead of the real battle at the half way stage of the league.

Both sides will be missing their key players who are on national team duty, DeMbare will go into the match without their goalkeeper George Chigova, key defender Partson Jaure, high flying midfielder Stephen Alimenda and also their coach Pasuwa.

The quartet is away in Tanzania with the Warriors squad for this afternoon’s 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifier in Dar es Salaam.

Utility player, Sydney Linyama, who was also injured in training with the Warriors, is also not available for today’s match.

The Green Machine will go into the match without defenders Hardlife Zvirekwi and Ronald Pfumbidzai, who are also part of Ian Gorowa’s Warriors squad.

Makepekepe newly acquired forward Ishmail Thindwa is also not available after he was called up by the Malawi national team.

Pfumbidzai scored a brace last weekend to give Makepeke a 2-0 victory against Black Rhino.

However, Mangwiro’s charges have lacked consistency so far this season; they are sitting on seventh position on the log standing with 11 points, one point ahead of DeMbare.

Mangwiro has demanded consistency from his players.

“What is needed now is consistency, today the boys played very well and we need to keep that winning formula,” Mangwiro said.

In other semi-final, Highlanders will host FC Platinum at Barbourfields stadium.

Bosso have been playing well in the league and remain unbeaten from seven matches played so far while FC Platinum will be hoping to redeem themselves after last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Buffaloes.

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