Hwange are unbeaten at the Colliery in nine months.
BY MICHAEL MADYIRA
The coal miners’ home invincibility record could scare Dynamos who visit that fortress this afternoon for a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match.
Having lost 4-2 in their last trip to the Colliery further makes the Hwange encounter a prospect never to cherish for the Glamour Boys.
Since losing 1-0 to FC Platinum on September 4 last year, Hwange have been mean at home where they are undefeated in 10 games. With 19 points and at third spot on the log, the coal miners have positioned themselves as title contenders this season.
But Dynamos could draw inspiration from the fact that they have been stealing victories away despite lethargic shows.
Bulawayo conquests that saw DeMbare grab a 1-0 win over How Mine in their first match of the campaign and a 3-1 victory against Bantu Rovers as well as a 1-0 defeat of Chiredzi FC have earned them nine crucial points that have propelled them to the title charging group.
Kalisto Pasuwa’s men have not been convincing this season but smash and grab antics have placed them on a firm position that can inspire a fourth successive league title.
That is how they do their business.
Team manager Richard Chihoro however agreed life will not be easy in Hwange.
“It is going to be a tough game,” said Chihoro. “It is long since they (Hwange) were beaten at home. We have to up our gear and fight extremely hard to return home with three points. Chances of winning are 50-50 and we also pray for fair officiating of the match.”
Gritty midfielder Stephen Alimenda is back from suspension while Tafadzwa Rusike has also returned from injury.
Their outstanding player Ronald Chitiyo makes his first trip to Hwange in Dynamos colours while struggling Simba Sithole will also be involved in the battle.
Pasuwa’s Achilles’ heels has been the strike force whose highest scorer is Anesu Gondo who has two goals to his name while Patrick Khumbula has only a goal.
Most embarrassing for Dynamos who have managed 10 goals in as many games are Sithole and Washington Pakamisa who are yet to find the back of the net this term.
But his opposite number, Nation Dube appears blessed with talismanic men. Rodwell Chinyengetere has netted three goals while Aleck Marime also has three goals to his credit and Evans Rusike’s five goals has asserted Hwange’s attacking prowess.
Outgoing defender Erick Chipeta also boasts of three goals.
The quartet faces a stingy Dynamos defence which has shipped in only five goals in 10 games, contrary to the misfiring strike force