Pasuwa wary of Buffaloes

HARARE - Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa yesterday warned an unpredictable Buffaloes could create serious problems for his side as they attempt to win the Castle Premiership for a fourth straight year.

The Glamour Boys, who lost 4-3 on penalties to Triangle in the One Wallet Cup final last weekend, travel to Mutare for a date against Buffaloes at Sakubva Stadium on Sunday hoping to consolidate their position at the top of the log.

And with expectations high that the Harare giants could be well on course to defend their title they have won for the past three seasons, Pasuwa has called on his charges to adopt the right attitude for this tricky encounter.

“Buffaloes are a good side and remember they collected three points at National Sports Stadium and we cannot underrate them,” Pasuwa after the team’s training session at Zimphos yesterday.

“I am sure it’s not going to be an easy match. We need to be well prepared for them.

“Sakubva has not been a good hunting ground for us lately. Our last two visits there all ended in defeats. This time round we need to rectify our mistakes and ensure we get maximum points.”

DeMbare spurned several good opportunities to score in the defeat to Triangle last weekend and they paid the price as they lost out on the silverware.

“We need to quickly forget about the Triangle defeat and move forward. It is in situations like these where we need to show our character as champions,” said Pasuwa.

“That defeat was actually a wake-up call for us because we allowed complacency to take centre stage.

“We need to work hard in order to win the remaining matches. We need to be positive and also improve on our home form because we tend to struggle playing at home. This is the difficult stage of the season and we need to adopt the right attitude.

“We were dealing much on dressing the box. We are getting there in the scoring positions but it’s maybe the technique which is lacking. We have been talking to the strikers that they need to score goals.

Pasuwa also expressed his disappointment over defender Sydney Linyama, who has not reported for training for the past week without any explanation. 

“Sydney has gone AWOL again. He is a problem this lad, I don’t know what’s his problem,” he said.

“When I went to Egypt last week, he didn’t come to training sessions and the coaches summoned him but up to now he has not reported for training.

“He has not communicated with anyone and we don’t know where he is. We thought his recovery from injury would boost our options but he is giving us headaches.

“I even get it from one of the board members that some of these players feign injuries but go to participate in money games. And Linyama even confessed to me.

“Now I don’t know whether he is serious about his career or not. I thought by now he would have been more professional but he is not changing his attitude.

The Harare giants have been enjoying good form in the league and sit at the top of the Castle Premiership table with only six matches left before the season ends.

Pasuwa’s men have amassed 46 points from 24 matches.

On Sunday they come up against a Buffaloes side that is not yet safe from relegation.

Moses Chunga’s side is on ninth place on the log but they are only six points off the last relegation slot.

Saturday: Chicken Inn v Black Rhinos FC (Hartsfield Rugby Ground ), Chiredzi v Bantu Rovers (Chishamiso), ZPC Kariba v Triangle United(Gwanzura), Harare City v FC Platinum (Rufaro)

Sunday: Buffaloes v Dynamos (Sakubva Stadium), CAPS United v Highlanders (National Stadium), Shabanie Mine v Chapungu FC (Maglas), Hwange v How Mine (Colliery)

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