Tigere backs new-look DeMbare

WITH regular captain Edward Sadomba doubtful for Dynamos’ 2019 Castle Lager Premiership season opener against Mushowani stars today, his deputy Jimmy Tigere believes the Glamour Boys are ready for successful campaign.

Sadomba suffered a knock in training earlier this week and has a 50-50 chance of taking part in today’s encounter against the league novices at Rufaro Stadium.

DeMbare had a nightmarish 2018 season which saw them flirt with relegation for the better part of the season.

The Glamour Boys, who are Zimbabwe’s most successful side with 21 domestic titles, could only secure their Premiership status with only three games to go to eventually finish in 11th place.

This time around it appears they are focused on quickly forgetting about that ignominious last season which even saw their attendance figures dwindling to alarming levels.

“Given the fact that Dynamos is a big institution, it demands a lot of hard work for us to get results each and every week,” Tigere told reporters at the team’s training ground at RBZ Sports Club on Thursday.

“I think we are aiming for a better performance as compared to last season. We are just taking each game as it comes and aiming to be victorious at the end of the day. We will then see where that takes us.”

This afternoon, DeMbare face a Mushowani side that is hoping to make an impression after winning promotion following their triumph in the Zifa Northern Region Division One League last year.

The Mashonaland Central-based side had hoped to use Trojan Mine as their home ground but it was not homologated by the First Instance Body.

As a result, the newcomers have to use Rufaro as their home ground until Trojan Mine is deemed fit to host top flight matches.
Tigere acknowledged that it will not be easy facing a newly-promoted side that is an unknown entity.    

“Basically this is going to be an uphill task as ever before because Mushowani are new in the league and we are not leaving any room to underrate them,” the centre back said.
“But given the kind of training we are going through here, we are only left with the performance stage and I think my guys are ready.

“But it’s very difficult because there is nothing that you can study when playing such teams which are newcomers.
“Basically football is football; there is no small team in the league and we are going to prepare to win and to win alone.”

DeMbare will be fielding a completely new side this season after only five players remained from the 2018 season.
“At Dynamos we are at a stage of building a new team and those matches acted as a confidence booster for our new players,” Tigere said.

“For instance when we played against CAPS United in the Charity Shield, it was a big boost for us when we won the match. We are getting to know each other more than before and I think we are ready to go.”

PSL Fixtures
Today: Black Rhinos v Highlanders (NSS), Chicken Inn v ZPC Kariba (Luveve), Mushowani v Dynamos (Rufaro), Chapungu v Byo Chiefs (Mandava)

Tomorrow: CAPS United v Manica Diamonds (NSS), Traingle United v Ngezi Platinum (Gibbo), Hwange v Yadah (Colliery), Herentals v TelOne FC (Rufaro).      Tigere backs new-look DeMbare