We'll silence CAPS: Mutuma

HARARE - Dynamos forward Roderick Mutuma has vowed to score and silence his former club CAPS United when the two teams meet in the latest edition of the Harare derby at Rufaro Stadium tomorrow.

The former Bloemfontein Celtic forward joined CAPS United at the start of last season only to perform a summersault to rejoin the Glamour Boys during the mid-season transfer window the same season, got off the mark when he scored in Dynamos’ 1-2 away win against Mutare City Rovers last weekend.

It was the Glamour Boys’ first win of the season after losing to Chicken Inn and drawing with Triangle in their first two matches of the 2016 Castle Lager Premiership season.

Pressure was mounting on the Glamour Boys’ new coach Paulo Jorge Silva and the win came after he had been given an ultimatum to collect maximum points by the club hierarchy.

Mutuma feels his side has already shown signs of improvement and is confident they will win tomorrow’s derby.

“Definitely; I am going to score. We will definitely silence them,” Mutuma boldly declared after the team’s afternoon training session yesterday.

“It’s going to be a big game. CAPS have been playing well lately but we were also boosted by our win against Mutare City last weekend.

“We are coming into this match seeking nothing less than three points, more so playing at home. We want to build on our last win, where we got three points and I also managed to score.”

Mutuma added: “We are ready for the derby everyone is geared up and you can actually tell from the way we are training. Obviously, soccer is a pressure game which naturally comes with playing for a big team like Dynamos. If you don’t score you will obviously feel some pressure. And I think our struggles at the start of the season have helped us to up our game.”

The lanky forward said they will do everything to ensure their fans go home smiling while maintaining their dominance over their rivals which has spurned for six years.

The last time the Green Machine beat the Glamour Boys in the league was way back in 2009 when Nyasha Mushekwi struck a wonderful brace before his move to Mamelodi Sundowns the following season.

“We have done everything for the game in as far as preparations are concerned and what is left is for us to deliver on Sunday (tomorrow). We know our supporters will come in their numbers to rally behind us and we don’t want them to suffer any agony if we lose,” Mutuma said.

“We are going to do everything on the pitch to ensure we get a win. We want our fans to go home happy. Beating CAPS United is very important for us. And again there is also history to protect. We want to maintain our dominance over them.”

CAPS on the other hand, feel that this is the right time to come up against DeMbare since they are struggling for form.

“It’s an important fixture for us and one fixture we have to fulfil anywhere,” CAPS coach Lloyd Chitembwe said on Thursday.

“We expect to do well and I think we will do well considering a lot of positives that I am seeing within the team at training. It gives me satisfaction as a coach to see players showing that desire going into such a match.”

Veteran Makepekepe forward Leonard Tsipa said: “It’s a derby match and it always feels good winning. I love beating Dynamos and the same applies to them, they don’t want to lose against us. Going into these games as a player all you want is the result and that will never change.”

Last season, the Harare derby failed to produce a winner in either of the fixtures as the fierce rivals  played out identical 1-1 draws in the two league encounters they clashed.

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