POSTING victory over Dynamos is something successive Black Rhinos coaches have found hard to achieve over the years.
BY ALBERT MARUFU
From the late Ashton “Papa” Nyazika, Ignatius Kapitapita, Gift Makoni, Droment Chirova and Nesbert Saruchera, the script has largely been the same with victories over Dynamos once in a long while.
However, this is a script that current coach Arthur “Toots” Tutani is eager to tear apart when the two giants clash this afternoon in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Rufaro.
Lying fourth from the bottom and tied on 12 points with Motor Action, who are one rung below them, victory is certainly something that should be on Tutani’s mind, lest he risks following his fired former boss Saruchera whom he succeeded.
Toots, who has been buoyed by last week’s 2-1 victory over fellow minnows Triangle, said the 1984 league champions are ready for the challenge.
“We are ready for the game. Dynamos are a big side and are playing well this season, as they remain unbeaten. However, they are bound to fall one day and it could be us to inflict that defeat,” he said.
Bruce Hombora is out through suspension, but veteran Lazurus Muhoni and Walter Masenda are available for selection.
Though a bit slower now, Muhoni can be tricky upfront and has the ability to ghost from the blind side scoring crucial goals for the army side.
He was influential in their regaining promotion to the top flight league.
However, Dynamos are not an easy team to beat and with five wins and seven draws, they remain the only unbeaten team on the log, four points adrift of leaders Highlanders.
The team’s manager Richard Chihoro said Dynamos will still be missing defender Gift Bello through injury, but welcomes back steely defender Partson Jaure who has now recovered.
The duo missed last week’s league match against Motor Action in which coach Kallisto Pasuwa had to use the make shift defence of Steven Alimenda, Augustine Mbara and Thomas Magorimbo.
Also back in the team is the duo of Devon Chafa and Ocean Mushure who missed last week’s 2-0 victory over Motor Action because of national team commitments.
However, Ugandan international Boban Zirintusa Bogere is away with his national team and also missing is striker Francesco Zekumbawira, who is still injured.
“We are ready for the game and I am sure this is another set of three points for us,” he said.
Elsewhere, log leaders Highlanders travel to Hwange for a date with the coal miners in what could be a tricky tie for Kevin Kaindu’s men.
Though Hwange have had an indifferent season so far, as they sit on position 11 with 14 points, they have a tendency to play well at home.