DeMbare have ball in their court


Itai Dzamara

FORMER champions Dynamos have the ball firmly in their court and have a chance to push Highlanders out of the championship race at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.


DeMbare shot to the top of the log on Thursday after being given back three points that had been docked for the use of controversial striker Edmore Mufema.


A victory on Sunday will consolidate Dynamos’ lead at the summit of the log. Although Bosso still have a game in hand, Dynamos have opened a four-point cushion.


The reverse fixture at Barboufields three weeks ago saw Bosso’s impressive run come to a halt as they conceded their second defeat following a 3-0 drubbing by DeMbare.


Dynamos enter the battlefield on Sunday with an intact arsenal while some uncertainty prevails at Bosso due to injuries as well as mistrust in the abilities of head coach Willard Mashinkila-Khumalo.


Mashinkila-Khumalo’s charges were last week held to a goal-less draw by Wankie at the Colliery.


The trio of midfielders – Francis Chandida and Eddie Mashiri – as well as winger Musareka Jenitala will be expected by the Dynamos fans to once again carve avenues in the visitors’ midfield and defence. The trio, currently riding on the crest of a wave, has the skill and speed to tear the Bosso heart into smithereens.


An easy task would be left to gunmen Edmore Mufema, Agent Sawu and Tendai Mwarura to bang in the goals. The return of skillful Zambian winger, Kelvin Mwale adds more teeth to the DeMbare attacking force.


However, the whole soccer fraternity knows pretty well that ruling out Highlanders before it is over is at one’s own risk. The champions are not mere pushovers, notwithstanding the brilliance displayed by Dynamos in recent matches.


In workaholic midfielder Richard Choruma, captain Bhekithemba Ndlovu, Gift Lunga and strikers Chipo Tsodzo and Mulenga Chewe, Bosso have the material to revenge on Dynamos.


However, injuries to players such as Choruma and Lunga have been scuppering the champions’ prospects.


Dynamos mentor Keegan Mumbathis week said although fati-gue seems to be taking its toll on Bosso, he nevertheless has a lot of respect for the Bulawayo-based giants as they engage in battle on Sunday.


“It appears people have been expecting too much from Highlanders and at the same time fatigue seems to be taking its toll. However, they are still a strong side and I have respect for them,” said Mumba.


“We are ready for them and we will have the home advantage to propel us to victory.”


Beleaguered former log leaders, Caps United could be virtually dumped out of the race by minnows Kambuzuma United at Gwanzura Stadium tomorrow.


Kambuzuma will be itching to complete a double on Caps United who they defeated 2-0 in the reverse fixture.


Having gone for three consecutive matches without picking up a point, a defeat tomorrow would mean Caps United should just kiss goodbye to the championship race as well as hopes of finishing in the top four on the log.


Fixtures: Today

Sporting Lions v Chapungu (Rufaro)


Tomorrow

Kambuzuma United v Caps United (Gwanzura)


Sunday

Dynamos v Highlanders (Rufaro).