Standing in their way is a Dynamos side, which lost 1-0 to Gunners in a friendly last Sunday, looking to avoid early-season jitters and keen to start off on a good note.
Dynamos go into this fixture with one eye on their Caf Champions League tie against Mozambique’s Liga Muculmana in a week’s time. However, they will not be pulling any punches as they have promised a full-throttled contest with their city rivals. The sponsors have dangled a US$50 000 prize for the winners from the US$250 000 sponsorship package.
The stakes are higher in the Champions League for Dynamos and a defeat in that competition carries more consequences than Sunday’s contest. Yet Dynamos’ gaffer Calisto Pasuwa (pictured left) cannot afford divided attention; the trophy cabinet has got to be replenished again.
While this derby is not normally as tempestuous as those featuring Dynamos and Caps, it does produce entertaining football. And considering what is at stake for the respective teams, another top-shelf contest may be in the offing come Sunday.
The match is likely to give an insight into Dynamos’ preparedness for the Champions League match.
DeMbare will be without attacker, Cuthbert Malajila who has since signed for South African top-flight side Maritzburg United.
Goals have dried up during the pre-season period and coach Pasuwa has got early worries in that department. The acquisition of Takesure Chinyama was meant fill the gap created by Malajila’s departure. However Chinyama is yet to show the mettle of the goal machine that Dynamos sorely need.
“The strikers have been getting themselves in scoring positions but they have been failing to convert. The task is to fix that and get them scoring again,” Pasuwa said this week.
“We have been working on that and I am sure on Sunday they will be ready,” he added.
While DeMbare’s problems have mostly been about scoring, in contrast, Motor Action’s problems have been about stopping opposition strikers.
The Mighty Bulls missed out on the first round of the Confederation Cup after losing 2-0 at home in a game in which a clean sheet would have sent them through to the next round.
Coach Joey Antipas (pictured right) said that with the recovery of injured players his problems at the back had been solved.
“We missed our first choice centre backs but we have had everybody recovering from injury now and have a full squad to choose from. We will be a big threat to Dynamos,” said Antipas at a press conference.
Motor Action has not been run over by Dynamos despite their loss to the Glamour Boys in two cup finals last term.
The two have already met this season in a pre-season punch-up which saw Motor Action win by a solitary goal in the Bob 88 Super cup third place play-off.