DeMbare bank on fans

HARARE - Defending champions Dynamos are banking on their large support base to help drive the team as the competition at the top of the Castle Premiership log standings gets tough.

The Glamour Boys, who played out a goalless draw with Chicken Inn at Barbourfields Stadium on Saturday, are now in second place on the log with 23 points, just one behind leaders Highlanders.

In third place is DeMbare’s city rivals CAPS United, who are also on 23 points but trail only on goal difference.

The top seven teams in the division are only separated by four points as the 2014 title race is beginning to take shape.

With such stiff competition at the top of the log, DeMbare are hoping that their fans will give them the edge with the season heading towards the second half.

“As you can see there is a lot of competition at the top of the log and any slip up means that you are likely to drop to four or five places down,” Dynamos secretary-general Webster Chikengezha told the Daily News Yesterday.

“As Dynamos, we have the largest support base in the country and in such situations you need the fans to rally behind the team.

“It is our hope that our fans will play a crucial role at this crucial stage of the season because we need to remain in contention with the top teams.”

Two weeks ago, the big match pitting DeMbare and Highlanders only attracted 13 292 fans at the National Sports Stadium.

Chikengezha, however, feels that once the Harare giants hit top gear, more fans will throng their home matches.

“As we all know, fans are people who want to come to see a winning team and I believe we are heading in the right direction. The results are now coming and hopefully the fans will also increase.

“For this weekend’s game against Black Rhinos, we have reverted back our gate charges to $2 for the cheapest ticket.”

With the 2014 mid-season player transfer window now officially open, the Glamour Boys are hoping to register striker Rodreck Mutuma and Congolese midfielder Fabrice Mbimba.

The Glamour Boys are also in the market to replace goalkeeper George Chigova, who left to join South African side SuperSport United at the end of last month.

“Our team has been playing well this season especially from the back and in midfield but what has been eluding us were the goals,” said Chikengezha.

“Hopefully we will be able to register Mutuma and Mbimba this week so that they will be available for selection for the Rhinos match.

“These two players will give the coaches more options to work with upfront and hopefully the goals will start coming.”

In 13 league matches, DeMbare have been able to score a paltry 11 goals at an average of 0.85 per match.

For a team that is chasing the league title, DeMbare’s scoring ratio is very poor as the Harare giants have only out scored two other teams in the division.

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