HARARE - While Dynamos are eager to maintain their dominance over bitter rivals Highlanders, their assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya have warned his players against complacency.
The Glamour Boys and the Bulawayo giants clash in a Castle Premiership tie at Rufaro Stadium tomorrow with both teams desperate for maximum points.
Ndiraya has been a crucial figure in the Glamour Boys’ success stories against Bosso in the past seasons as part of the club’s technical staff under different head coaches.
Highlanders have not beaten Dynamos since 2006 when they completed a double over the Harare giants and went on to win their last league title.
And Ndiraya, although quick to warn the players against complacency, was generally satisfied with his team’s preparations and readiness.
“A game is won after 90 minutes. We are expecting a very tough match. Highlanders is a big institution with good players. Games between Dynamos and Highlanders are always difficult,” Ndiraya told the Daily News yesterday.
“We are going out there to win. We want the three points and we have been talking to the players on the importance of this match. The good thing is that the boys are ready and eager to maintain dominance over Bosso.
“Our players know what to expect each time we faces Highlanders. They are not easy games and it is in matches like these where heroes are born.”
With the Glamour Boys desperate for maximum points following three straight draws in their previous matches, Ndiraya has called on the team’s fans to rally behind the team in search of maximum points.
“We have quite a number of new players and some of them are still learning. Some of them are familiar faces but they need time to settle,” Ndiraya added.
“Fans should be patient with the players. Our plea is for our supporters to rally behind the team throughout the game.
“We want the fans to rally behind the boys especially in big games like these ones. The boys need their support to enable them get the required result at the end of the day.
“I hope players will quickly put pressure behind them and focus on the task at hand.
But DeMbare will have to do without their striker Simba Nhivi on Sunday as he is struggling with injury. Nhivi is one of the strikers expected to get goals for the Glamour Boys.
“Nhivi is out; he failed to recover in time. I think he is the only player out as the other injured guys have been training with the team lately.”
The Glamour Boys are sitting third with 23 points six behind log leaders Chicken Inn and one behind second-placed Triangle after 13 rounds of action.
Highlanders are sitting on eighth place on the Castle Premiership log table with 19 points, 10 behind log leaders.