Ndiraya braces for tough Triangle duel

HARARE - Coaching Dynamos is a pressure cooker job and it’s not lost on new coach Tonderai Ndiraya that he needs to keep winning, no matter what, at least in the eyes of the club’s fanatics.

On Sunday, the underrated but well-respected Ndiraya was reminded of the fickleness of the DeMbare fans.

During his first spell at the club in his coaching role, he was touched by their fawning praises yet on Sunday, when Dynamos were tied 1-1 with ZPC Kariba, the same fans were quick to call for his sacking.

They were singing Ndiraya paumire pakaoma (You are in a tight spot), a song that has often come to pass in as far as under fire Dynamos coaches are concerned.

And tomorrow Ndiraya takes Dynamos to Gibbo Stadium where they face second-placed Triangle who were on the cusp of victory until a late equaliser from Ocean Mushure denied them maximum points at the National Sports Stadium in the reverse fixture.

With their fine run Ndiraya is well aware of the threat posed by Kelvin Kaindu’s charges.

Interestingly, Kaindu is yet to beat Dynamos in the league and would be hoping for a change of fortunes at home.

“We will take the game against Triangle the same way we did against any opponent but I think this is a tough assignment but we have to take them head on,” Ndiraya said after defeating ZPC Kariba on Sunday.

“We are Dynamos. We want to stay in touch with the top teams, we continue pushing and Triangle is another tough opponent.

“I think my guys will put up a good fight, we just need to go there with a positive mind and play our normal game. I think from now, going forward, there is no easy game. We need to remain focused and concentrate on our game.

“We have not been winning at home and I think our win against ZPC Kariba is the start of good things ahead,” said Ndiraya.

Dynamos head to Triangle on the back of a hard fought 2-1 victory against ZPC Kariba on Sunday which pushed Ndiraya’s mentor — Sunday Chidzambwa — closer to the exit door.

With the win, Dynamos moved into third position on the log standings with 32 points, five behind log leaders Chicken Inn.

Dynamos and Triangle are separated by only three points, with the Lowveld side sitting second with 35 points.

The Sugar Sugar Boys have had a perfect season so far winning 10 games, drawing five and losing only three.

Last weekend, the Lowveld side continued with their perfect run after beating Tsholotsho 2-0 at White City Stadium.

On Sunday, Dynamos were lucky to collect maximum points against ZPC Kariba who put a spirited performance.

The Kariba side drew first blood in the fourth minute through Raphael Manuvire’s penalty.

Two minutes later DeMbare replied after Takesure Chinyama’s cross found Roderick Mutuma inside the box before beating Tendai Hove from close range.

After the two goals the match was balanced until ZPC Kariba fell to Mutuma’s sucker punch on the stroke of full time.

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