City in DeMbare test

HARARE - Ambitious Harare City’s title credentials will go under the microscope tomorrow at Rufaro  when they host defending champions Dynamos who are bidding for a fifth consecutive title.

City are among the bookmakers’ favourites to wrestle the title from the Glamour Boys, now under the tutelage of their amiable legend David ‘Yogi’ Mandigora who is in his second spell at the popular side.

The municipality-bankrolled side is coming into tomorrow’s match on the back of a morale-boosting victory over FC Platinum who are also among the title favourites.

Coach Taurai Mangwiro set the tone ahead of a potentially explosive clash by declaring total war on the Glamour Boys.

“We needed victory going into the game against Dynamos,” Mangwiro said after their match against FC Platinum.

“But I always felt that Platinum would pose a greater threat to us than Dynamos, look Platinum played well against us but unfortunately they failed to utilise their chances.

“If we can impose ourselves like what we did against Platinum I am confident that we are going to collect maximum points on Saturday against Dynamos.”

The Sunshine Boys had an indifferent start to the 2015 season; so far they have managed just eight points from a possible 15 with two wins, one loss and two draws recorded in their first five matches.

They moved into sixth position and Mangwiro believes that their recent win is a confidence booster going into their match against the defending champions.

The former CAPS United coach said morale is high in the City camp and he is happy with the depth of his squad.

On Wednesday, substitutes — Tino Kadewere and Benson Maglasi — swung the tie against FC Platinum in Harare’s City favour by scoring both goals in the 2-1 victory.

“At least the team is taking shape and it is important that as the season progresses we continue grinding out results, we now have depth in the team which is a good sign.

“I think with this win morale will be high on our side and this will help us to register a positive result against Dynamos who have started their season on a high note,” Mangwiro added.

Dynamos are yet to taste defeat although they have not been playing ‘fantasy’ football which their supporters demand.

The Harare giants are currently lying on second position on the log with 13 points, the same number as Triangle who lead courtesy of a superior goal difference.

Dynamos’ performances have been more workman like as they have ground results against teams that, on paper, are supposed to whip.

DeMbare only turned on the style in their 3-0 win over Buffaloes in the opening match before 1-0 wins over struggling Chapungu, newcomers Dongo Sawmill and Flame Lilly.

The Glamour Boys were also lucky to share the spoils with rivals CAPS United in a dour derby which ended 1-1.

In other matches to be played this weekend log leaders Triangle face struggling Flame Lilly at Lafarge Stadium tomorrow.

After only five matches, Triangle remain unbeaten, picking four wins and one draw and they will be hoping to continue with their fine form against the Zimbabwe Prison Service side.


Tomorrow: Chicken Inn v How Mine (Luveve Stadium), Harare City v Dynamos (Rufaro Stadium), Flame Lily FC v Triangle United FC (Lafarge Stadium), Whawha v FC Platinum (Ascot Stadium )

Sunday: Caps United v ZPC Kariba (National Sports Stadium), Dongo Sawmill v Highlanders (Vengere Stadium), Chapungu v Hwange (Ascot Stadium) Tsholotsho v Buffaloes FC (Luveve Stadium)

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