DeMbare pin hopes on Kingstone Nkhatha

HARARE - Dynamos assistant coach Joseph “Shabba” Takaringofa is pinning hopes on veteran striker Kingston Nkhatha when they face Highlanders in a rescheduled Castle Lager Premiership tie at Barbourfields Stadium tomorrow.

Takaringofa will take charge of the Glamour Boys in the absence of head coach Lloyd Mutasa, who travelled to Congo with the Warriors for tomorrow’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier.

And Nkhatha is expected to make his debut for the Glamour Boys against Bosso after finally receiving his reverse international clearance.

Nkhatha signed for the Harare giants for the remainder of this current campaign after he was released by South Africa’s Absa Premiership side SuperSport United
following the expiry of his contract earlier this year.

He has been training with the Harare giants since last month but had been unable to feature as he was still waiting for this paperwork to be sorted out.

The arrival of the experienced striker, who also played for Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars in South Africa having arrived in the Absa Premiership in 2007 when he signed from CAPS FC, is expected to bring the spark for the troubled giants up-front.

DeMbare have struggled in front of goal this season following the departure of their top goal scorer from last season Christian Ntouba for Botswana.

The Glamour Boys have only scored 20 times in 23 matches as their current forwards Quality Kangadzi and Kuda Kumwala have found it hard to fill Ntouba’s shoes.

As a result, DeMbare come into tomorrow’s match in a lowly 12th place on the log with 29 points only five above the relegation zone.

Speaking ahead of the trip to Bulawayo, Takaringofa said they will be banking on Nkhatha’s experience to lead the lines in their quest to get a positive result against Bosso.

“He (Nkhatha) is going to play on Sunday (tomorrow). It’s a boost to us, we need his experience and we also need his goals,” Takaringofa said.

Dynamos will be desperate to build on their previous performances in which they are unbeaten in their last three matches having managed two wins and a draw to move up the ladder.

Takaringofa will be hoping they replicate the same form that saw them dispatch Bulawayo City 2-1 last weekend at the same venue when Kangadzi and Denver Mukamba were on target.

Bosso on the other hand will be desperate to bounce back to winning ways having managed a draw and two defeats in their last three matches.

As a result, Highlanders are now sixth on the log table with 36 points from 23 matches.

On Sunday, the Bulawayo giants suffered a painful 1-2 defeat at the hands of Ngezi Platinum Stars at the same venue in a tightly-contested match that had all the ingredients of a thriller.

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