Rovers target DeMbare

MUTARE - Having failed to collect a single point in their opening two Castle Lager Premiership matches, Mutare City Rovers believe they will get their first win against Dynamos at Sakubva Stadium tomorrow.

Rovers, who were promoted to the top flight this year, began the season with a demoralising 3-0 home defeat to fellow debutants Ngezi Platinum Stars at the start of this month.

The municipality police force side were no better in their second game as they shipped in four goals in a 4-1 defeat away to Harare City two weeks ago.

This prompted the team’s management to make changes to their technical department by bringing in former Hartley Academy coach Taku Shariwa to lead the club.

Kennedy “Bokande” Kachara, who was in charge of those previous two encounters, has been relegated to the role of assistant coach.

Rovers spokesperson Clayton Masekesa believes the changes they made to their technical department will put them in good stead for tomorrow’s match against the Glamour Boys.

“This is a very important match for us as we are seeking to collect maximum points,” Masekesa said.

“This is a match that will actually set our destiny in as far as our Premier League future is concerned.

“As a team, I think it is high time we should start winning so that we restore pride and confidence within our stakeholders and fans.”

Magusha, as Rovers are popularly known, take confidence from the fact that DeMbare have been struggling for form this season.

The Glamour Boys are yet to win after two matches having been soundly beaten by defending champions Chicken Inn 3-0 before registering a goal-less draw with Triangle.

This has wretched-up the pressure on new coach Paulo Jorge Silva, who has faced a lot of criticism for his conduct.

The Portuguese gaffer, who was only appointed in January, has clashed heavily against his assistants and journalists in his short stint at the club.

He even picked a fight with Prophetic Healing and Deliverance ministry leader Walter Magaya during a friendly match between the Glamour Boys and Gunners. Magaya is the proprietor of the lower league side.

DeMbare, who are the record Zimbabwe champions with 21 titles to their name, have failed to find the back of the net in those two matches which forced the club’s executive to read the riot act to their technical team.

Silva must ensure the Glamour Boys win their next three league matches starting with tomorrow’s match against Rovers.

Even CAPS united coach Lloyd Chitembwe could not resist mocking DeMbare at his press conference on Thursday.

All the disharmony in the Dynamos camp has worked in Rovers’ favour as they will approach tomorrow’s match high on confidence and without any pressure.

All the attention in the build-up to this match has been firmly centred on the happenings at the Glamour Boys while Rovers have been preparing away from the drama.

“We are in this together and I want to invite all soccer fans to come in their numbers and watch this high-profile match,” Masekesa said.

“I want to assure our fans that they should now start believing that it can be done.”


Today: Chicken Inn v How Mine (Luveve), ZPC Kariba v Bulawayo City (Nyamhunga), FC Platinum v Chapungu (Mandava)

Tomorrow: Triangle United v Border Strikers (Gibbo), Tsholotsho v Highlanders (Barbourfields), CAPS United v Harare City (National Sports Stadium), Mutare City Rovers v Dynamos (Sakubva), Hwange v Ngezi Platinum Stars (Colliery)

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