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Malajila: Bad Spell Blessing in Disguise

DYNAMOS kingpin Cuthbert Malajila believes his team’s current bad spell could, in fact, turn out to be a positive thing in their quest for the PSL championship.

Dynamos have collected just a single point from their last two matches. They drew 1-1 with rivals Caps United last weekend before going down 2-1 to defending champions Monomotapa on Wednesday.

Prolific scorer Malajila acknowledged in an interview with IndependentSport yesterday that leading comfortably and having games in hand over their rivals was making  the Harare giants complacent.

“I think that defeat (against Monomotapa) was what we wanted,” said Malajila. “It will motivate the guys to push a little bit more in our next matches knowing too well that one more defeat will be detrimental.

“Complacency was beginning to creep in because of the two games we had in hand. That loss to Monoz might be a blessing in disguise.”

The forceful Malajila, who has led Dynamos’ title chase with passion and precision, is the second leading scorer in the league with 14 goals. Gunners striker Norman Maroto and Caps United’s bustling Nyasha Mushekwi are tied on 15 goals at the top.

“We are not under pressure at all,” Malajila said. “The destiny is still in our hands. It is now up to us to maintain that one point lead and hopefully extend it. If we don’t we will surrender the league. But at the moment we are in total control of the situation and I am very confident we will pull through.”

The former Chapungu and Highlanders forward, who has netted just three times since returning home from unsuccessful trials in Belgium, admitted that the weight of expectation from the club’s supporters sometimes put him under immense pressure.

“I’m trying all my best but I can’t score all the time,” he said. “I work very hard in training to sharpen my scoring skills, but we have to complement each other as a team.”

And the man to play that complimentary role could just be returnee Evans Gwekwerere, the striker who left the club three years ago for South Africa.

Malajila said Gwekwerere’s arrival would reduce pressure on him.

“He is a good striker, and I think his return to Dynamos will boost morale in camp,” he said. “It will remove the burden of expectation on me.”

Gwekwerere has signed a short-term contract with Dynamos.

 

Henry Mhara

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