WHEN Dynamos celebrated a vintage performance in a 3-2 win over high flying Ngezi Platinum at the National Sports Stadium last Thursday, Chapungu coach Tendai Chikuni, disguised as a random football fan clad in an FC Platinum jacket, showed little emotion as he gazed into the floodlit sky.
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He had travelled all the way to Harare to do the spying job by himself ahead of today’s potentially explosive league duel against the Harare giants at Ascot Stadium.
Both teams have hit a purple patch with Chapungu having last tasted defeat eight matches ago while DeMbare are on a four-match winning run, having lost only once in their previous eight league games.
By now Chikuni, whose team is yet to concede a goal in seven matches, has already decided how he intends to derail the Dynamos train.
A special plan for their more fancied opponents has been hatched, which is to rely on his hungry soldiers to do the business.
“We rested some players in our mid-week match, with the game against Dynamos in mind. If you see, players like Xolisani Ncube and others were not in the game. They were rested,” Chikuni said.
“Against Dynamos, we want players with hunger who can do the business and get a good result for the team.
“Dynamos are a big team and they have been playing very well of late, but we hope to utilise our home advantage and get the points.”
Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa seems to be breathing of late after lifting his team to seventh position on the log standing with an impressive run of results lately.
Defensive woes haunted Mutasa’s team at the beginning of the season with Elisha Muroiwa and Lincoln Zvasiya struggling at the back.
But ever since former Highlanders defender Marshall Machazane joined Zvasiya in central defence, the Glamour boys stopped losing matches.
Dynamos has won four of the five matches with Machazane and Zvasiya playing together as the team looks set to extend their winning streak in Gweru today.
Focus will also be on Cameroonian import Christian Epoupa whose stock in local football has been rising in recent weeks.
For Mutasa, the Chapungu match is like a cup final.
“Like I always say, every match that Dynamos plays is like a cup final and this match is no difference. There are no easy teams in this league and we are looking forward to another difficult match against Chapungu,” he said.