DeMbare unfazed by Mutuma

HARARE - Dynamos assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya has insisted that the Glamour Boys will not concentrate much on their former striker Roderick Mutuma when they take on CAPS United tomorrow.

The two teams clash in the final of the Bob 91 Super Cup at Rufaro Stadium with Mutuma grabbing all the headlines in the run up to the match.

Mutuma signed for United last month after failing to agree terms on a contract extension with the defending Zimbabwe champions.

The self-proclaimed Prince scored the first penalty during the shoot-out between the two teams in the Sino-Cement Challenge Match in his first match for the Green Machine.

United subsequently won the shoot-out 6-5 as new coach Mark Harrison got a winning start.

Last weekend, the 26-year-old was also on target when he produced a neat finish inside the box to give United the lead against Highlanders in the Bob 91 Super Cup play-off during an incident-filled match at Barbourfields Stadium.

Ndiraya says the Glamour Boys will however, not give Mutuma any special attention in tomorrow’s match.

“He (Mutuma) is one player we are not reading much into. There won’t be any special attention on him,” Ndiraya told the Daily News.

“We are facing CAPS United and that is where our focus is, not on individual players. We are not worried about what he is doing; it’s his business.

“We are not worried about anyone but we are rather focusing on our squad to rectify the shortcomings and the good thing is we are getting better.”

The Green Machine’s penalty shoot-out victory last month means they come into this game with the bragging rights, but Dynamos are viewing the Bob 91 Super Cup showdown as a yardstick, rather than payback.

“This is not a revenge match; remember we are still in pre-season,” Ndiraya said.

“For us, it is a good test to know where we stand, but we won’t base our motivation on the fact that we lost last month.

“With the new season starting soon, bragging rights are up for grabs in this pre-season showdown, but a lot has changed for both teams. We are most concerned on building a strong side before the season starts.

“We are not reading much into that match we played the last time. I am sure it’s going to be a very competitive match this time around because we have done our homework.

“Whenever we play, we always want to do well. We have since put behind that result and we are looking forward to new challenges.

“We have had about eight weeks of pre-season and I think we are getting there. We hope the season will start a bit earlier.”

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