THE spotlight remains on Warriors coach Charles Mhlauri this weekend when Caps United lock horns with bitter rivals Dynamos in the quarter-finals of the Buddie Challenge Cup.
Mhlauri returns to the National Sports Stadium on Sunday with fond memories of how he added another feather to his hat last week with a convincing victory over Shabanie Mine, coached by Moses Chunga.
Chunga had spent the larger part of last week threatening to end Mhlauri’s honeymoon and probably prove that he deserved to be the Warriors head coach ahead of the dreadlocked Caps mentor. Indeed, pressure was on Mhlauri at a time the soccer fraternity was abuzz with debate over his appointment to the Warriors helm.
And it might be expected that Dynamos could be the team to bring Mhaluri down from the cloud nine he has been on for the larger part of the season, with a dream performance in the Castle Larger Premier Soccer League.
Mhlauri yesterday said he wouldn’t comment ahead of the Dynamos match.
Dynamos are under the charge of former attacking midfielder Clayton Munemo, who had appeared to be capable of reviving the sleeping giants when he took over three months ago. But Munemo’s magic seems to be losing steam.
However, every soccer follower would be quick to remember that matches between the bitter rivals don’t usually go by current form but are dependent mainly on the emotional intensity that characterise them.
The hopes of the multitudes of Dynamos fans would be on striker Norman Maroto, who has lately been finding the nets with consistency. However, the Glamour Boys will have to be at their best in midfield to counter the home team’s most powerful department.
And it is likely to be the in form Cephas Chimedza, Dynamos’ former favourite son who can cause problems from the left flank while prolific striker Leonard Tsipa keeps Caps in motion upfront.
In the other quarter-final matches, Chunga could face another humiliation when he visits Amazulu at Luveve Stadium on Sunday. Wankie host Railstars at the Colliery Stadium on Sunday.
Black Rhinos and Motor Action start the ball rolling tomorrow at Gwanzura Stadium.