Dynamos seek 3rd straight win

HARARE – It seems the good times are now back at Dynamos after a brief gloomy period in the opening weeks of the 2018 Castle Lager Premiership season.

The Glamour Boys started the new campaign with a mess of results after going for seven games without a win and at one point sat just one place off the bottom of the log.

However, identical 2-1 wins over Bulawayo City and Chapungu on the spin seem to have brought back life to the Harare giants.

A third win on the trot over Harare City this afternoon at Rufaro Stadium could catapult Lloyd Mutasa’s side into the top half of the table depending on results elsewhere.

How times quickly change in the football world, just two weeks ago, the club’s fans had called for a boycott of all the DeMbare home matches in protest to how board chairperson Bernard Marriot Lusengo and president Kenni Mubaiwa were running the club.

On Friday, those same fans called off the protest with the view that their message had reached the intended targets while the team had improved their showing on the pitch.

“The feeling was always there (that DeMbare are back on track),” Mutasa said after his side’s nervy win over struggling Chapungu at Ascot Stadium in midweek.

With last season’s club top goal scorer Christian Ntouba terminating his contract and returning to Cameroon due to non-payment of his outstanding dues, the spotlight has fallen on Quality Kangadzi and off-season arrival Kuda Kumwala.

The duo looked out of depth in some matches as they incredibly missed gilt-edged chances.

But in midweek they came good scoring, both scoring in the first half to lay the foundation for the important win over Waru Waru.

On the other hand, Harare City also come into today’s match feeling good as well following their 1-0 win over Triangle in midweek at Rufaro.

This was the Sunshine Boys’ first victory inside three games which was a welcome relief for coach Mark Harrison ahead of today’s match.

“It was important that we try and get three points, it is a big boost for the boys…it consolidates us .

“I think in the top seven which is nice,” Harrison said.

“Big game against Dynamos next week, they always got the 12th man with them but at the end of the day we have to be mentally strong and overcome that and I think if we overcome that and we play our game we give ourselves a chance.”

Elsewhere, 2016 champions CAPS United will be hoping for a quick response when they travel to Maglas Stadium to face Shabanie Mine following the midweek 0-1 home defeat to Chicken Inn.

Makepekepe were horribly sloppy in that defeat as they succumbed to their second defeat of the season which left them in sixth place with 15 points.

After a bright start, Shabanie are winless in their last eight matches with their only win of the new season coming in the first match when they beat Triangle 1-0.

In Bulawayo, Madinda Ndlovu’s Highlanders can exert more pressure on the top two teams Ngezi Platinum Stars and FC Platinum if they beat struggling ZPC Kariba at Barbourfields Stadium this afternoon.

Bosso responded well to their first defeat of the season when they went down to Ngezi Platinum last weekend by defeating Mutare City Rovers 1-0 in midweek.   

Another victory over ZPC this afternoon will ensure Bosso remain within touching distance with the leading pack.

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