The million dollar question that football fans have always asked is; who is the better coach between Kalisto “Marabhundu” Pasuwa and Moses “Bambo” Chunga.
BY Our Staff
I know most readers will be quick to give an answer, but let’s wait and allow the game this afternoon to provide the definitive answer.
The two Dynamos sons, Pasuwa and Chunga come face to face when their teams clash in a Castle Lager Premiership match at Sakubva.
When Chunga takes charge of a team against Dynamos at this stage of the league, many believe he does everything in his power to not derail that DeMbare train which will be going towards the championship, but, it’s a tricky situation for Bambo this afternoon as a loss will further sink the army side into troubled waters of relegation.
Chunga is expecting nothing short of victory, while on the other hand, Pasuwa also needs the three points to keep up with trailblazing ZPC Kariba and CAPS United who will be playing Bosso at the same time in the capital.
In the reverse fixture played in the capital early this year, DeMbare were knocked down 1-0 courtesy of the side’s solitary strike by lethal goal poacher Roy “Apama” Mwenga. Buffaloes look set to repeat the same feat against DeMbare who they beat 3-2 the last time they visited the border town.
Themba Ndlovu, who moved to the Glamour Boys from Buffaloes at the beginning of the year, makes an emotional return to a venue where he was shown a red card with an hour still to be played in a match that was marred by poor officiating by Mutare-based referee Langton Chitsa.
Ndlovu — the only natural central defender at Dynamos — will be expected to keep Buffaloes strike-force led by experienced strikers Jacob Muzokomba and Kastigu Juwakinyu, at bay.
Statistics show that from the five league matches that the teams have played each other, DeMbare have the upper hand after posting three wins while Buffaloes won two.
Dynamos should punch above their weight if they entertain any hope of collecting maximum points at Sakubva against the well-oiled Chunga side.
On Friday, Chunga said he was treating the match just like any other match.
“l told my players that every match is very important and our major goal is to collect maximum points. As a coach, l don’t put importance on one game, l treat all matches equally. But we are ready to shine against the log-leaders,” Chunga said.
He added that they were under pressure to collect points in order to move away from relegation.
“The match is also important to us as we are fighting relegation so we should compete fiercely for three points and l have also told my boys to work very hard if we entertain any hope of beating Dynamos,” he added.
DeMbare are a wounded lot after they fell at the hands of relegation-haunted Triangle in the OneWallet Cup and another loss to Chunga’s men will inflict more pain and cause more trouble as they target their fourth consecutive title.
The Glamour Boys will be without first choice goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi who is still recovering from a hip injury, Masimba Mambare, Devon Chafa and Fabrice Mbimba.
In Mukandi’s absence, Tatenda Mukuruva, who was between the post when DeMbare played Triangle in the NetOne One Wallet Cup final, will be thrown to the deep end once again.