Bulawayo Chiefs seek double delight over Dynamos in high-stakes showdown
Innocent Kurira, [email protected]
BULAWAYO Chiefs have their sights set not only on ending Dynamos’ impressive run in the league but also securing a league double over the Harare Giants as they prepare to face off at Barbourfields Stadium this afternoon.
Amakhosi Amahle made waves earlier in the 2023 Castle Lager Premier Soccer campaign when they became the first team to defeat Dynamos in a thrilling five-goal contest at the National Sports Stadium back in April.
Chiefs emerged victorious with a 3-2 scoreline, thanks to goals from Mthokozisi Msebe, Felix Moyo, and Danny Phiri while Frank Makarati and Tendai Matindife found the net for Dynamos.
Dynamos’ coach, Genesis Mangombe has led the team to three wins and two draws in his five games in charge.
“This time around we are going to make sure we do not lose the points. We will not allow a repeat of what happened at the National Sports Stadium. Bulawayo Chiefs are not a small team hence we are going to do everything to neutralise their entry into our defensive zone,” said Mangombe.
Despite being six points behind leaders Ngezi Platinum with a game in hand, Mangombe said that they are not yet fixated on the possibility of winning the league. Their immediate focus remains on the task at hand – taming Bulawayo Chiefs and avenging their earlier loss.
“The boys are doing well in terms of responding to the tactics. We don’t want to think much about the championship but play to win games. If we win, we are reducing the gap on the leaders but we don’t want to pile pressure on the players. They need to play their normal game,” said Mangombe.
Known to be giant slayers, Chiefs will be hoping to live up to that tag this afternoon. However, Chiefs have not had the best of preparations for the return leg as they missed two days of training owing to the players’ strike.
On Thursday, the players were seen having a meeting while the club’s coaches which included head coach Johanisi Nhumwa, Bekithemba Ndlovu and Shadreck Mlauzi were on the pitch putting on their training regalia.
According to some of the team’s players who requested anonymity, they were on Tuesday given $100 each, US$50 being part of their May salaries.
The remainder was reportedly a draw bonus for holding Chicken Inn to a one all draw last weekend in a match that was played at Luveve Stadium.