Nyikadzino taunts DeMbare

HARARE - Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino yesterday stoked the flames ahead of their Castle Lager Premiership clash against Dynamos by teasing the Harare giants.

Nyikadzino boldly declared that the Glamour Boys are no longer a football powerhouse in the country and it’s only their name and supporters which is left to remind them of the past successes.

With the Glamour Boys struggling to make an impact during this season, Nyikadzino said: “This is not the Dynamos we all know. It’s not the usual Dynamos we know and it is a fact.

“What is only left is the name Dynamos and their supporters but otherwise they are now an ordinary side just like all the other teams in the league.

“Under normal circumstances at this stage of the season, Dynamos should be fighting for honours but look where they are sitting currently. To us this is an ordinary fixture and we are very relaxed.”

DeMbare, who have won a record 21 Zimbabwe league titles, find themselves sitting in fifth place on the log some 11 pints behind log leaders FC Platinum with nine games to go before the season ends.

Nyikadzino admitted it will be a difficult encounter but his side will not be under any pressure.

The Gweru-based are in 11th place on the log and off the last relegation slot courtesy of a healthy goal difference. 

“I think they will be under pressure to pick maximum points. They are desperate for maximum points so that they climb up the ladder. But we are ready for the game. We have no complaints and we are looking forward to a good game,” he said.

“One thing we know is that it will be a difficult game. It has been the story this year. Competition is very stiff and this game will not be an exception.”

Chapungu have not been consistent this season. They, however, come into this weekend’s match after a morale boosting 3-0 win over Border Strikers.

On the other hand, Dynamos played a goalless draw against Ngezi Platinum Stars and will be desperate to return back to winning ways.

The Glamour Boys are likely to be without the services of right back Godknows Murwira and goalkeeper Tatenda Mukuruva, who are with the national team for African Cup of Nations qualifier away in Guinea.

Last week, Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa conceded that the destiny of the title is no longer within their reach and will need divine intervention to pull a surprise.

Fixtures:

Tomorrow: Bulawayo City v Mutare City Rovers (Barbourfields), ZPC Kariba v FC Platinum (Nyamhunga), How Mine v Tsholotsho (Luveve), Harare City v Ngezi Platinum Stars (Rufaro)

Sunday: Triangle United v CAPS United (Gibbo), Dynamos v Chapungu (Rufaro), Border Strikers v Highlanders (Dulibadzimu)

Thursday: Chicken Inn v Hwange (Luveve)

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