Dynamos Dembare On Top!
Dynamos coach Tonderai Ndiraya has demanded consistency going into their match against CAPS United in the Chibuku Super Cup on Sunday.
DeMbare beat ZPC Kariba 1-0 at the National Sports Stadium yesterday to dethrone their rivals on top of the standings.
On the other hand, Makepekepe defeated Herentals 2-1 on Wednesday to briefly assume leadership of Group 1.
Ndiraya’s charges won through an own goal by Collin Mujuru who deflected a Bill Antonio shot into his own net.
DeMbare now top the standings with seven points while CAPS are second with five points.
And reacting to the result, Ndiraya has challenged his boys to carry the win going into the Harare derby.
“What we require now is consistency. (The win) gives us confidence as a team but Sunday’s game is different and of course we have dethroned CAPS from the top of the log but we have just played three games but our wish is we can be consistency and the CAPS United game is no difference,” said Ndiraya.
Ndiraya said they are now working on ensuring that the players are in good shape to face their bitter rivals.
“We are going to make sure that our players recover on time.
“I think our performance on Sunday is going to be based on how quickly our boys are going to recover and we are going to make sure that we carry out that process in a good manner,” he said.
He, however, admitted that their performance against ZPC Kariba was not up to expectations.
“I am happy about the result, the way our boys worked but the performance was not up to scratch.
“We didn’t replicate the performance against Yadah. Basing on that, I am a little bit disappointed, disappointed in victory but all the same I really want to give my boys a lot credit,” he said.
DeMbare struggled to break the Kariba-based side and Ndiraya admits they were not up to the task.
“We had a slow start, a very slow first half, most of our players were not really up to the task. It also continued in the second half but even under that pressure from ZPC Kariba, they played well.
“We also defended very well, made some tactical changes and we got the result that we wanted. At this stage of the tournament I think it’s important for us to get points and get to the next round of the competition,” said Ndiraya.
Ndiraya showered praises on 18-year-old Bill Antonio who retained his position having played in the previous match against Yadah.
He also gave another teenager, 16-year-old Luke Musukiri a run stating that they will have more game time.
“We made our intentions very clear when we signed these boys, it’s not just Bill (Antonio) we have Luke Musukiri, he also played. A 16-year-old from Prince Edward, comes from Chipinge. We saw the potential at training and that really pushed us to play him even ahead of some of the experienced players.
“Not just Bill and Luke, we have Hamilton Komba perhaps the fastest of the three. So brace yourselves for more youngsters in the coming weeks.”
The former Ngezi Platinum coach challenged fellow coaches to give young players the chance.
“We are happy that we have a good blend of experienced players and youth and that is really going to make our team very strong. We have a new team which we need to give time but we also understand that time is not there for us at this big institution and it is a risk from our end to trust an 18-year old to start but I think it’s paying dividends and going to inspire all the other coaches to play the youngsters.
“We have seen players being recycled for a long time and the onus is on us the coaches to play these boys so that we develop our football,” he said.
ZPC Kariba coach Godfrey Tamirepi blamed their defeat to ‘carelessness’.
“Our biggest let down in the first half was ball management, where we were so careless after winning the ball and as a result we couldn’t create meaningful chances.
“… congratulations to Dynamos, but that was a result of loose marking in the box, that guy (Bill Antonio) getting space and taking a shot at goal. I would say in terms of results disappointing but in terms of performance we gave a fair account of ourselves with the way we are traveling, it’s affecting us but not an excuse,” said Tamirepi.
Tamirepi bemoaned fatigue since they are traveling from Kariba for the matches.
“The only way we can manage (fatigue) is give our guys a lot of rest and when you do that they lose time for training, after playing like this we are going back and we are coming back on Saturday.
“It was a very intense game and the guys are exhausted, so they need to recover. There is nothing we are going to do right now. We are going back to Kariba, Friday they rest and Saturday we are on the road and you would find the ground is not even. It’s not an excuse,” he said.
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