8 October 2018
DYNAMOS coach Lloyd ‘MaBlanyo’ Chigove says his side’s victory over Herentals in the Chibuku super Cup yesterday is a confident booster ahead of the Harare derby set for this Sunday.
DeMbare beat Herentals 5-4 on penalties after the match had ended 1-1 in regulation time to join CAPS United, Triangle and Harare City in the semis.
They now face CAPS United in a rescheduled Premier League match at Rufaro on Sunday as they shift focus to surviving relegation.
Chigove believes his men are ready for the battle.
“As long you are in this league you should be ready for anyone and we say bring it on and we face it. CAPS United are part of the league and we are ready for them just like they will be prepared for us.
“We are working for a result that makes Dynamos survive relegation,” said Chigove.
Chigove, however, admits that cup games are different from the league and they will take a different and cautious approach as they face their perennial rivals.
He said DeMbare are fighting two battles – surviving relegation and winning the Chibuku Super Cup.
“We will give it all our best to make sure that we salvage something this season. But now focus of the fact that dynamos need to survive and remain part of the Premiership and to also make sure that the brand lives on.
“If we managed to carry this fighting spirit to the league games then that will be a pleasure but I acknowledge that there is a lot of work still to be done.
“We are not yet the finished product that we should be, but there is hope,” said Chigove.
Chigove trusted senior players dropping youngsters to the bench deploying Godfrey Mukambi into the midfield while Blessing Moyo was handed an offensive role.
He showered praises on Mukambi who partnered Marvelous Mukumba in front of defenders making some runs which grabbed the attention of the Vietnam stand.
“He is an all action man, a man for all weathers,” he said.
Chigove described Mukambi as the ‘Ngolo Kante’ of Dynamos.
“Like Ngolo Kante, he can be deployed anywhere and he will do the job,” he added.
He appealed to the fans to come and support them especially against Makepekepe on Sunday.
“Obviously we appeal to the masses to come back and support their team,” he said.
Herentals coach Kumbirai Mutiwekuziva believes his side did well especially playing a big side like Dynamos.
He said while they are currently in poor form, they remain a big club and intimidating to their opponents.
“My boys I will give them a thumps up, it’s their first cup game playing a big team like Dynamos and proved that they are a good side. Playing against Dynamos regardless of the form in the league, they are still a big team but we managed very well until we lost it to the penalty shootout and it’s like lottery,” he said.
DeMbare are currently in the relegation zone and they need to win the Harare derby to increase their hopes of survival.
Meanwhile, in another Chibuku Super Cup match played yesterday, Triangle beat Nichrut 5-1 at Gibbo.