Chapungu unfazed by DeMbare

HARARE - Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino has warned Dynamos to brace for a tough encounter when the two teams clash in a Castle Premiership tie at Ascot Stadium this afternoon. 

The Midlands-based side come into today’s match high on confidence following their goalless draw last weekend against expensively-assembled How Mine away at Luveve Stadium.

Last season, the Glamour Boys found the going tough against the Air Force of Zimbabwe side.

Chapungu won the first meeting 1-0 at Ascot before travelling to Harare to frustrate the Glamour Boys to a 1-1 draw.

Nyikadzino said his side thrives on wearing the underdog tag which has seen them surprise most of the Premiership big teams, especially at Ascot.

“We are prepared for them. We know they are coming here aiming to win since they are early title favourites, which gives them more pressure and not us,” Nyikadzino told the Daily News yesterday.

“I think we have done well so far. There seems to be continuity and we can even do better this year.

“We don’t want to end up in a similar situation as last season where we ended up fighting relegation.

“The truth is that everyone wants success and the Chapungu supporters will be happy to see their team beating Dynamos. I hope the underdogs’ tag will drive the boys to do well.”

Chapungu had a good campaign last year from the start but a run of poor results towards the business end saw them fighting relegation at the end.

The Air Force side only lost once at Ascot last season and they have added a number of new players into their squad which includes former Dynamos players Tinei Chitora, Philip Marufu and Tafadzwa Mombeshora who were signed from Buffaloes.

The Glamour Boys, who started their season with a 3-0 thrashing of troubled Buffaloes, will be hoping to maintain a winning streak as they gun for a fifth successive title.

Dynamos are likely to maintain the core of the squad that did duty against Buffaloes with captain Augustine Mbara expected to join the squad today from a trial stint at Absa Premiership side Wits University.

In other matches set for this afternoon, Harare City will be hoping to pick up their first set of full points when they host Chicken Inn at Rufaro.

Taurai Mangwiro’s reign as City coach got off to a disaster when they were shocked by newly-promoted side Tsholotsho. The Sunshine Boys, who looked the team to beat this season after acquiring several seasoned players were stunned 1-0.

Newboys Flame Lily and Whawha clash at Gwanzura.

Both teams lost in their opening matches. Buffaloes welcome high-flying Triangle at Vengere.

Fixtures

Today: Harare City v Chicken Inn (Rufaro Stadium), Flame Lily v Whawha (Gwanzura Stadium), Chapungu FC v Dynamos (Ascot Stadium), Buffaloes v Triangle FC (Vengere Stadium)

Tomorrow: Dongo Sawmills vs How Mine (Vengere Stadium), Caps United vs FC Platinum (National Sports Stadium), Tsholotsho vs Highlanders (Barbourfields Stadium), Hwange vs ZPC Kariba (Colliery Stadium)

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