Premier Soccer League champions Motor Action lock horns with Dynamos in the inaugural NetOne Charity Shield match at Rufaro this afternoon.
Not only will pride be at stake when the two clubs clash, but there are financial rewards as well as the winners of the match would walk away US$40 000 richer while the losers are assured of half the prize.
Apart from the rich pickings, the match pits two teams preparing for their forthcoming CAF Champions League fixtures set for next weekend.
The Mighty Bulls are scheduled to take on former champions Asec Mimosas, who ironically became champions in 1998 after defeating Dynamos while DeMbare is to engage Algeria’s Moloudia club d’Algeria next weekend.
Motor Action, who pipped Dynamos to the championship last season, would be eager to show everyone that they are not a one -season wonder after breaking Dynamos, Highlanders and CAPS United the traditional giants’ hegemonic hold on the local league. Dynamos would be looking at reversing Motor Action’s gains.
The last time the two sides met, Dynamos emerged victors with new acquisition Roderick Mutuma striking twice.
Dynamos have already bagged the Bob 87 Super Cup following their 3-2 win over rivals CAPS United and are in the final of the Venture for Victory Cup after seeing off old rivals Highlanders 0-1 last week.
The Dynamos technical department can look up to Devon Chafa, Milton Makopa, veteran Desmond Maringwa and new boy Tawanda Muparati to steer the ship from the middle of the park.
Upfront the lanky Rodrick Mutuma — who unfortunately sometimes plays to the gallery — is also expected to cause problems for the Mighty Bulls rear guard with Zambian Clive Mwale covering for Mutuma’s lack of pace.
When push comes to shove, the hardworking Murape Murape, who many would remember missed the penalty kick that was later retaken by Washington Arubi the last time the two teams met in a league match, can cause commotion in the Mighty Bulls’ camp.
Motor Action striker Gahadzikwa expressed his desire to atone for the 1-2 defeat Motor Action suffered at the hands of Dynamos last season.
“Dynamos robbed us of three points last season when we played them in that league game which they won 2-1. We are definitely going to revenge. We have played them this season and they defeated us, but that was a friendly game,” he said.
Dynamos assistant coach Masimba Dinyero fires warning shots
The usually reserved Dynamos assistant coach, Masimba Dinyero was quick to fire warning shots at the Motor Action camp.
“We have a very important Champions League match ahead of us so it will be good for the guys to win this match. The good thing is that we are injury free, but Motor Action should expect some changes to the side that played Highlanders last weekend.”