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Highlanders, Dynamos in Saturday showdown

08/08/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
 
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FOR the sixth time in league matches since 2012, Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu and his Dynamos counterpart Callisto Pasuwa go head to head when their sides meet at Barbourfields Stadium on Saturday.

Pasuwa has emerged unscathed in their five previous league clashes and Bulawayo is set to reverberate as this traditionally dubbed “Battle of Zimbabwe” as Highlanders are after ending the Dynamos’ dominance on them.

Kaindu welcomes Dynamos who were last beaten by Highlanders in 2006.

The two sides meet after mixed fortunes in midweek when Highlanders were stung by Black Rhinos away in Kadoma, losing 0-1 while Dynamos also dropped points after drawing one-all with Chicken Inn.

But Kaindu will likely be under more pressure as his side have not won their last three matches.

“Yes we lost to Black Rhinos but that is a setback which we can recover from. We would want to pick ourselves up because there are still more matches to play this season,” Kaindu said.


We can win against Dynamos ... Kelvin Kaindu

He added: “Yes, we have not scored in more than 270 minutes but we can break that duck (on Saturday). All we have to do is believe in ourselves and score.

“Our strength has been to score more than our opponents and whenever we do find the back of the net, we just score more and that is what we want to do against Dynamos.

“Chances are there to win against Dynamos. They are 50-50. It is important to get a good result for confidence boosting ahead of other matches to follow. We are ready for them and the better team of the day will win.”

Making this game a potentially thriller is that the two sides are tied with 32 points each on the log although Highlanders are leading the log on goal difference.

Kaindu, a Zambian national, said he was aware that much more than three points was a stake in any showdown between the historic rivals.

“I know and have realised that because of the rivalry of the two teams, this encounter goes beyond football but we must remain focused,” he said.

“It is a tricky tie for us as well as our supporters but I have faith and confidence that we can win this tie. We have lost to Dynamos before but this is a different ball game altogether.”



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For their part, Dynamos promised to do what they have done at Barbourfields since 2006 – avoid losing or, better still, collect all three points with a victory.


Scored against Chicken Inn ... Dynamos striker Roderick Mutuma

“This is our last Premiership game in Bulawayo and we want to leave something positive for our fans,” said club manager Richard Chihoro.

“Save for the players like Anesu Gondo, Stephen Alimenda and Sydney Linyama, we have a fairly good side that will fight for the points.

“Everyone is looking forward to the game and playing against Highlanders has always been one of the games that our players look forward to.

“We however cannot count on history because this is a new ball game and we have to treat it like it is and avoid complacency.”

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday: Highlanders v Dynamos (Barbourfields, 3PM SuperSport), Buffaloes v Bantu Rovers (Sakubva), Harare City v Chapungu (Rufaro), Triangle United v Black Rhinos (Gibbo), FC Platinum v How Mine (Mandava), ZPC Kariba v Shabanie Mine (Gwanzura)

Sunday: Caps United v Chiredzi (Rufaro), Chicken Inn v Hwange (Luveve, 3PM SuperSport)





 
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