THE whole country is buzzing in anticipation of the return of local football after a long hiatus due to Covid-19 restrictions and there is no better way to herald the coming back of football than the President’s Independence Cup encounter between Dynamos and Highlanders at the imposing National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
The clash will happen in an empty stadium. The two teams will not be well prepared for the clash as the players lack match fitness due to a long sabbatical, but that will in no way make the match less of an encounter as battles between the two giants are always blood and thunder meetings.
Highlanders coach Mandla “Lulu” Mpofu and his lads travel with only one thing on their mind: we hardly ever lose to Dynamos in Harare. They head into the encounter having lost several senior and key players like Brian Banda and Denzel Khumalo who both moved to FC Platinum, but they have in their ranks several youngsters hungry to show the Bosso faithful that they are more than able to please the notoriously fickle Bosso fandom.
Mpofu still welcomed back his experienced defender Peter Muduhwa from Tanzania and he, along with his national teammate, Ariel ‘Mangoye’ Sibanda, should provide enough backbone to steady the ship come Sunday.
Mpofu also still has the experience of midfield hard man Adrian Silla, Godfrey Mataruse, Ray Lunga, Humphrey Ncube, Nqobizitha Masuku, Bukhosi Sibanda and new signings Winston Mhango and Andrew Tandi to count on.
And he will expect these seasoned campaigners to run themselves ragged in search of glory and the usual right to tell the blue side of the country that the black and white side has them in check.
DeMbare, who are under the tutelage of senior national team assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya, have had their fair share of challenges amid reports that the club’s goalkeepers coach Gift ‘Umbro” Muzadzi and goalkeeper Simba Chinani were suspended on Monday for alleged insubordination and sabotage.
Last year, Dynamos unveiled players like Jaure, Juan Mutudza, Barnabas Mushunje, Tinotenda Chiunye, goalkeeper Tymon Mvula, Lennox Mutsetse, Tanaka Chidhobha, Sylvester Appiah, Byron Madzokere and David Temwanjira.
They recently announced the signing of five players, who include Trevor Mavhunga, Frank Makarati, Tinashe Makanda, Newman Sianchali and Luke Musikiri.