Dynamos in stiff Mbada test


COMPETITION hots up in the Mbada Diamonds Cup this weekend with four matches lined up across the country.
The country’s richest knockout competition enters the penultimate stage this weekend with the league’s heavyweights still in the running for diamonds glory.
PSL champions and the Mbada Diamonds Cup holders Dynamos continue with their search for a third consecutive diamonds cup. Since its inception two years ago, Dynamos have won the cup.
They beat Motor Action in its inaugural year before they routed Monomotapa last year to clinch the coveted cup.
Dynamos, CAPS United, Highlanders, Chicken Inn, How Mine, Hwange, Harare City and Buffaloes face-off in the quarters to be played in the border town of Beitbridge, Gweru, Harare and Masvingo.
How Mine, who have been Highlanders’ bogey side in the premiership, play Dynamos on Sunday at Rufaro Stadium as the Glamour Boys continue their title defence.
How Mine are playing in their first cup game in the premiership and the 2012 league champions will be an uphill task for them.
The Bulawayo-based gold miners have managed to stamp their authority in the premiership as they are currently occupying position nine with 32 points.
If the league’s head-to-head statistics are anything to go by, the teams possess 50-50 chances of winning. They met twice in the PSL and Dynamos won the reverse fixture 3-0 at Rufaro fortress while the debutants won 1-0 at Luveve in Bulawayo in July in the first leg.
How Mine have in their camp some experienced players in Herbert Dick, Menard Mupera, Kumbulani Banda, Gilbert Banda, shot stopper Ephraim Mazarura and Nqobile Mpala among others.
In their last game the gold miners lost heavily to relegation fighters Black Rhinos in a 0-3 mauling while Dynamos were denied three points by relegation threatened Monomotapa.
Both teams will need to ratchet up their game from last week’s performance to progress to the semi finals.
Dynamos failed to beat struggling Monoz on Sunday. A win for Dynamos will bring the Glamour Boys closer to the diamonds glory.
An all attacking team will be needed for the Glamour boys as How Mine boast of a strong defence pair of Dick and Banda.
Facing a central defence as tough as teakwood Dynamos coach Kalisto Pasuwa may employ twin strikers to penetrate the seasoned defenders.
With Simba Sithole returning to the Harare giants, his services might be what the doctor has ordered upfront where sharpness has been lacking.
Pasuwa is spoilt for choice between the goals with former Monomotapa goalie Artwell Mukandi and ex- Gunners shot stopper George Chigova capable to do duty.
Gift Bello may partner Partson Jaure in central defence while Ocean Mushure and Thomas Magorimbo man the left and right flanks respectively.
Pasuwa may opt to play Magorimbo on defensive link while Oscar Machapa plays the right back position.
In the middle of the park, the Dynamos technical team may entrust Tawanda Muparati, Russell Madamombe and Milton Makopa.
Upfront may be led by Clive Kawinga or Washington Pakamisa.
Elsewhere, CAPS United whose head coach Taurai Mangwiro withdrew his resignation clash with Chicken Inn at Ascot Stadium in Gweru tomorrow.
The two sides met in the NetOne Charity Shield in April which the Bulawayo side won. It will be a revenge mission for CAPS United whose nemesis denied them the Charity Shield.
Midlands has not been a good hunting ground for the Green Machine as they lost 1-3 to Shabanie last Sunday.
Tomorrow’s clash with Chicken Inn in the Midlands provincial capital is another game they need to turn the tables in their favour.
Tawanda Nyamandwe, Leonard Fiyado and Dominic Chungwa are the fire power CAPS United have in their camp expected to deliver tomorrow.
Rahman Kutsanzira and Tendai Samanja are the midfield workhorses United will be counting on. Arnold Chivheya is expected to marshal the central defence while Tafadzwa Dube’s heroics will be needed in the goals.
Highlanders and Buffaloes face-off in Masvingo’s Mucheke Stadium on Sunday. The two teams meet for the second time in a week after they shared spoils in the league match on Sunday at Sakubva Stadium.
Highlanders had to score a late equaliser to avoid a seventh defeat of the season.
The match is expected to provide fireworks and brings premiership action to Masvingo. Mucheke Stadium last witnessed premiership action in 2011 when Masvingo United were relegated.
Hwange will be in familiar territory in the hot border town of Beitbridge where the coalminers clash with Harare City at Dulibadzimu Stadium.
It remains to be seen who will progress to the semi-finals after 90 minutes of play or whether the penalty lottery will decide the winners.


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