We need goals – Murape

GWERU - Dynamos captain Murape Murape has challenged his team mates to be more clinical in front of goal if they are to retain their title they have won for the past three years.

The Harare giants face a tricky Harare City this afternoon at Rufaro Stadium hoping to consolidate their position at the top of the log standings.

Calisto Pasuwa’s men on Sunday blew a golden chance to open a five gap at the top after they were held 1-1 by visiting Chapungu at Rufaro.

DeMbare had second half substitute Simba Sithole to thank after the former CAPS United and Supersport United striker cancelled out a Philip Marufu first half goal with a wonderful strike.

With the draw, the Glamour Boys extended their lead at the top to three points ahead of second-placed ZPC Kariba, who fell 2-0 away to FC Platinum on Saturday.

DeMbare are now on 50 points while ZPC is on 47 while third-placed CAPS United is on 45 points.  

Against Chapungu, the Glamour Boys struggled for consistency whilst failing to convert the few chances that came their way.

And Murape, who was introduced as a second substitute during that match, has challenged his boys to give more against the Sunshine Boys, who will be seeking to bounce back to winning ways after their 3-2 defeat to Buffaloes on Sunday.

“I don’t think it was a matter of getting it wrong against Chapungu,” Murape told the Daily News. 

“We need to quickly forget about the draw against Chapungu. We are supposed to approach our remaining four matches with the right attitude. There is no room for mistakes at this stage now.

“The important thing now is our next matches. The good thing though is that we are creating the chances and we now need to be clinical in front of goal. We need to be ruthless.

The long-serving midfielder who has won five league titles with the Glamour Boys is well aware of the challenge posed by the Sunshine Boys, who are gunning for a fourth-place finish to play in the Mbada Diamonds Cup at the end of the league campaign.

“We are now focusing on our match against Harare City and it’s like a local derby. There are some former Dynamos players in their ranks and we need to apply ourselves well,” he said.

“They have been doing well in their previous matches and we need to be at our best if we are to win. We are confident that we can win.”

With only four matches left before the season comes to an end the destiny of the championship lies firmly in Dynamos’ hands.

After winning the last three league titles, Murape is confident the Glamour Boys will have the character to withstand the heat at this crucial stage of the season.

“The thing is there are no longer small teams in the league and we need to have the right attitude. But we are Dynamos and we have been involved in situations like this before,” he said.

“We can handle the pressure well and we are eager to win the title.”

Today there is a full program of midweek matches in the Castle Premiership with al teams in action across the country.

Today

Harare City v Dynamos (Rufaro), Shabanie Mine v How Mine (Maglas), Chicken Inn v Triangle (Hartsfield), Chapungu v Bantu Rovers (Ascot), Chiredzi v Black Rhinos (Chishamiso), CAPS United v FC Platinum (NSS), ZPC Kariba v Buffaloes (Gwanzura), Hwange v Highlanders (Colliery)

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