'We'll lock up DeMbare'

HARARE - Flame Lilly coach Nesbert ‘Yabo’ Saruchera says he is expecting nothing short of victory in today’s match against Castle Lager Premiership defending champions Dynamos at Gwanzura Stadium.

The Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services (ZPCS) team, who are making their debut in the top flight, have had a difficult start to life in the Premiership.

Saruchera’s side have been able to collect only two points from a possible 12.

The prison wardens collected those two points after draws against fellow ZPCS side Whawha and Bulawayo side How Mine.

In the other two matches, Flame Lilly lost 2-1 to Chicken Inn in the opening game of the season before going down 3-0 to FC Platinum last Wednesday.

Despite these not-so pleasing results, Saruchera is confident his side will register its first win of the season against the defending champions, who are yet to lose after four matches.

“Preparations for our game against Dynamos are going on well. We are going into the match looking for a positive result,” Saruchera told the Daily News on Sunday.

“We know it’s not going to be an easy game, but I want to tell you that anything can happen in football; even if we are playing Dynamos we are hoping to collect maximum points.

“Dynamos are playing very well but as a team we want to open a new winning chapter starting this weekend and I think the win will give us confidence going into our next matches.”

Saruchera believes that it is too early to press the panic button and praised his players despite their poor start.

“We are not under any pressure, the league is a marathon — so we just need to start winning our matches and avoid relegation at the end of the season,” he said.

“I am happy with the performance of the team. They are fighting for each other and we hope to continue with that spirit to the end and I only think that we were a bit unlucky in our previous matches.

“Look, in our previous match against FC Platinum, the pitch was water logged and my players failed to play their normal game.”

Flame Lilly will be missing their first choice goalkeeper Prosper Chigumba, who was injured in the defeat in Zvishavane.

Dynamos, who are unbeaten in the last four matches, will be hoping to maintain their good start to the new season and claim a record fifth successive title.

The defending champions have managed to collect 10 points from their opening matches and come into this match after a 1-1 draw with CAPS United in the Harare derby on Easter Monday.

In other matches today, CAPS face a tricky assignment when they face high-flying Triangle at Gibbo Stadium.

After only four games into the season, the Lowveld side find themselves on top of the log with 10 points.

“CAPS United is a big team, they are performing well so we must respect them,” Triangle coach Kelvin Kaindu said earlier this week.

“We just pray that God will be on our side and we will be able to win. Our preparations are going on well. I think everyone in the team will be ready on Sunday (today).

“Look, CAPS managed to collect a point against Dynamos, so they will be coming here hoping to bounce back to winning ways,” he added.


Today: Dynamos vs Flame Lily (Gwanzura Stadium),Triangle United vs CAPS United (Gibbo Stadium) Highlanders vs Chapungu (Barbourfields Stadium), Hwange vs Buffaloes  (Colliery Stadium), Whawha vs Tsholotsho (Ascot Stadium)

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