Mhofu eyes happy return

HARARE - There is no homecoming party for ZPC Kariba coach —Sunday ‘‘Mhofu” Chidzambwa — when he leads his lowly side into battle against Dynamos in a potentially-explosive tie on Sunday.

Chidzambwa had successful spells at the popular Harare side both as a player and coach during trophy-laden careers on the pitch and off it, respectively.

It’s almost 14 years and 19 days to the day since the former Warriors captain left Dynamos — during which his beloved team has withstood the test of time to remain the country’s football top dog.

Chidzambwa exited the Premiership on September 5, 1999 following Dynamos’ 2-0 defeat to Tunisia’s Esperance in an African Champions League match at the National Sports Stadium.

He went on to coach the Zimbabwe national team and was later banned for life for his involvement in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal but later bounced back when the ban was lifted.

Chidzambwa had a stint in the South Africa Premiership league with Black Leopards, before ending his coaching stay in the South African National First Division in 2013.

He insists there is nothing special about coming up against his former club Dynamos as the two teams prepare for Sunday’s clash at Rufaro Stadium.

The respected gaffer said while he is a DeMbare son, he also has a mandate to ensure ZPC Kariba pick up maximum points.

“There is really nothing special about facing Dynamos. I don’t think there are any emotions attached to this game,” Chidzambwa told the Daily News yesterday.

“There is no doubt that I respect Dynamos. But in football these things happen, I am now at ZPC where my bread is being buttered. I have a duty to ensure my team wins. I am hoping to start picking up maximum points on Sunday.

“We have been slowly going about our business and I am happy with the progress. We always play to win in every game and we are expecting a good game against Dynamos.

“We have some new guys who have added depth to our team. We have been talking to the players to remain focused. Dynamos have been consistent and we need to be at our best,” said Chidzambwa.

ZPC Kariba lie in 11th position on the log table with 16 points four ahead of bottom-placed Dongo Sawmills and they will be desperate for maximum points.

Dynamos will be eager to collect maximum points and stay within touching distance of the log leaders. The Glamour Boys currently sit fourth on the log table with 29 points three behind log leaders Chicken Inn.

On current form, the defending champions would be firm favourites to spoil Chidzambwa’s return to the home of Zimbabwe’s football where he made a name for himself during his glorious years in the famous blue strip.

Chidzambwa has been struggling to match his strong track record with results on the pitch since he replaced Saul Chaminuka.

ZPC Kariba’s form in the league since he took over has been pathetic with the club yet to register a win.

In Chidzambwa’s four games in charge, the Kariba-based side has lost three times and drawn once.

He, however, picked up his first win for ZPC when they knocked out CAPS United in the Chibuku Super Cup in a penalty shoot-out last weekend and he feels that victory could swing results in his favour, going forward.

Tomorrow: Harare City v Dongo Sawmills (Rufaro Stadium), Chicken Inn v Chapungu (Luveve Stadium), FC Platinum v Hwange (Mandava Stadium), Tsholotsho v Triangle United (White City Stadium), Flame Lily v CAPS United (Lafarge Stadium)

Sunday: Whawha v Buffaloes (Ascot Stadium), Dynamos v ZPC Kariba (Rufaro Stadium), How Mine v Highlanders (Barbourfields Stadium)

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