18 April 2017
DYNAMOS have received a major boost ahead of today’s Independence Trophy final against Highlanders at National Sports Stadium, with striker Quality Kangadze declared fit for the game.
Kangadze was forced out after a knock in the semi-final against CAPS United on Sunday.
Another star player Denver Mukamba, who suffered a muscle strain minutes later in the first half, was also forced out and has been ruled out of today’s showdown.
After the Sunday game, fears were that both players would miss the final.
“He (Kangadze) has trained with the rest of the team so he will be available for the game. It was a knock and with the pressure of the game and everything, it is easy to think that it is a serious injury.
“But the good news is that he is okay and he has recovered. It will be upto the coaches on whether they want to throw him in immediately or they would want to rest him,” manager Richard Chihoro said.
“Mukamba however is out of this tie. He suffered a muscle strain but the doctors are yet to give much detail as to how long he will be out. He didn’t train with the team so he will not take part in the final.”
Kangadze, who has already been on target for the Glamour Boys, has given hope to a strike-force that has looked lifeless for many seasons.
He was on fire in the opening minutes against CAPS United, forcing defender Dennis Dauda, Justice Jangano and Ronald Pfumbidzai to take turns in trying to shut him out.
It was in one such tackles committed by Pfumbidzai that Kangadze was forced out. The referee booked Jangano instead.
The return of Kangadze paves way for a potential partnership with Cameroonian striker Ntouba Epoupa.
Epoupa was on target against CAPS United, a goal that gave DeMbare a place in the final. However, the referees gave the goal to Ocean Mushure who took the free-kick.
The Cameroonian overall performance was however, not to scratch in a game that was affected by the rains.
Insiders say Kangadze and Epoupa are better off combining, setting the stage for what could be an explosive final.
“We have many options and it is really upto the coaches on who they want to use for the game. But otherwise the morale in camp is good after that win and everyone is ready for the final,” Chihoro said.
Highlanders got their place in the final after brushing aside FC Platinum on penalties.