DeMbare optimistic. . . MaBlanyo ready to unleash West African trio

HARARE giants Dynamos are optimistic they can secure work permits for their West African trio and register them with the Premier Soccer League in time for Sunday’s clash with Hwange at Rufaro Stadium.

The Glamour Boys added three West African players Herve Vincent Mbega, Ngahan Claude Junior (both Cameroon) and Robert Sackey (Ghana) to their roster during the pre-season.

DeMbare had parted company with most of their players from the disappointing 2018 season which saw them fight against relegation.

Dynamos coach Lloyd Chigowe could not use the trio in their season opening 0-2 victory over new boys Mushowani Stars at the same venue last Saturday as the club is still to secure the work permits of the players with the department of Immigration.

Congelese signing Ngandu Mangala stole the show for the Glamour Boys with a late second-half brace which the saw the Harare giants register their first opening weekend win since the 2015 season.

Although Dynamos went on to pick up the vital three points, their performance was not up to scratch as they were made to chase shadows by Mushowani, who were making their top flight debut after winning promotion from the Northern Region Division One League.

Even at full time, Chigowe admitted his side was second best to Mushowani after missing the services of the West African trio and injured captain Edward Sadomba.

In pre-season, Mbega, Sackey and Junior played an important role in the Glamour Boys’ rebuilding exercise and had been expected to be key in Chigowe’s game plan before the club encountered delays in their paperwork.

“Given that we were missing about three or four key players whom we could not field for various reasons, the captain Duduza (Sadomba) due to a minor injury which the doctor deemed him unfit to play and the two Cameroonians who were supposed to start,” Chigowe said.

“Probably we will have them next week but still we managed to put up a good side and I think we have got the depth but crucially we need to stay on the ground and continue to work hard because every game is critical. The race is like a marathon so we cannot over celebrate but we are delighted with the result.”

Dynamos team manager Richard Chihoro revealed they are still running around to ensure the trio will be available for this weekend’s match against Hwange as they seek to build on their positive start to the season.

“We are optimistic of course; but we understand that we have to allow the process to unfold. That is all I can say,” Chihoro said.
“We are hopeful by the time we play our weekend’s match against Hwange their papers will be in place.”

After that performance against Mushowani, DeMbare are fully aware that another similar showing against Hwange will be punished.

The coal-miners come into this weekend’s match full of confidence following their 2-0 win over Yadah FC at the Colliery last Sunday.

Chiapanago, who are returning to the top flight this season after a year in the Southern Region Division One League, got their goals from forward Shepard Gadzikwa and the ageless Gilbert Zulu.
The coalminers will come to Harare looking for an upset something which is not beyond their ability.  

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