SHABANIE captain Eriah “Ngo-royemoto” Phiri yesterday taunted Dynamos ahead of the two sides’ BancABC Sup8r Cup semifinal clash at Barbourfields this afternoon.
REPORT BY ALBERT MARUFU
Phiri said the reigning league champions were just like any other team in the Premiership and his side would certainly prevail over them.
“They are just an ordinary side and there is nothing special about them. They have been winning games, but their play has not been inspiring. We will definitely beat them, as we want to win this tournament,” said Phiri.
Phiri added the fact that Dynamos have acquired a number of players in the mid-season would not make a difference at all.
“We know how these players play. Players such as Oscar Machapa have been playing in South Africa, but we have played against them before,” he said.
His sentiments were echoed by the team’s coach Luke Masomere, who said they were ready for this match.
“We are ready for Dynamos. They are a good side with very passionate supporters, but we have done our homework. It is good that we are playing this match at a neutral venue and we do not have any injury worries in our camp,” said Masomere.
Masomere will be looking to the ever-green defender Phiri, and new boy, former Dynamos wonder boy Norman Maroto.
Dynamos team manager Richard Chihoro chose diplomacy ahead of this crunch tie.
“We have done our preparations and Augustine Mbara is the only player who is out of the tie through injury. This is a cup game and it can go either way,” he said.
“It is anybody’s game, as both teams are also playing at a neutral venue.”
Dynamos will be looking for match winning performances from Tawanda Muparati and Devon Chafa, who has been in the eye of a storm over his failing a doping test.
Also out to impress the Dynamos multitude of fans are Machapa and Victor Kamhuka who have been playing in South Africa.
Winners of the tournament are set to pocket US$120 000 while all the semifinalists are guaranteed US$20 000