Dynamos desperate for change of fortune

STRUGGLING Dynamos face a test of stability when they host Hwange in the Premier Soccer League at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.

Morale in the team is at its lowest ebb again after players almost refused to travel to Bulawayo last wee

k to play rivals Highlanders. They lost the match 2-0.

Sources say the players were promised a winning bonus of $16 million each for their match a fortnight ago against Railstars in Harare. The two sides drew the match, prompting the players to demand half of the pledge.

The demand was initially turned down by an influencial member of the team, the sources say, and the players were told in no uncertain terms to abandon their demands or leave the team. It was after they threatened to boycott the Bulawayo trip that they were paid.

Whether the dust has settled at the trouble-prone Harare club or not is likely to show in their performance on Sunday.

Coach David Mandigora, who was reportedly mobbed by irate fans after the Highlanders match last week, comes under immense pressure again at Rufaro and there is every suggestion that any result other than a win will not go down well with the club’s restless fans.

Rarely do Dynamos struggle at the same time with their city rivals, Caps United. After being criticised of snubbing the league to play in an invitational tournament in Malawi last week, leaving their reserve side to lose 1-0 to Monomotapa, Caps meet Masvingo at Mucheke on Sunday.

Title favourites Highlanders travel to Harare to play bogey side Buymore on Sunday. A win for them will leave their rivals competing for the wooden spoon.

PSL fixtures:

Tomorrow: Lancashire Steel v Mwana Africa (Baghdad), Buymore v Highlanders (Rufaro), Motor Action v Shooting Stars (Callies), Monomotapa v Black Rhinos (Gwanzura).

Sunday: Masvingo v Caps United (Mucheke), Zimbabwe Saints v Railstars (Barbourfields), Chapungu v Shabanie Mine (Ascot). — Staff Writer.