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13/03/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
The game on Sunday will not be my priority ... Mark Harrison
 
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THE glamour has been taken off the latest instalment of the Harare Derby with news that both CAPS United and Dynamos will field second string sides for Sunday’s Zimbabwe National Army Commanders Charity Shield semi-final at Rufaro.

The two teams will be meeting for the third time in four weeks and fans fell there is now fatigue in the Harare Derby, considering that both teams will clash again in Week Four when the 2015 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season starts.

Caps won the Sino-Zim Cement Challenge Cup 6-5 on penalties three weeks ago before Dynamos won the Bob91 Super Cup 1-0 at Rufaro last Sunday.

CAPS coach Mark Harrison says Sunday’s game will not be much of a priority as they are moving to strengthen their team ahead of the new season. 

“It’s not an ideal situation; I have to be honest with you. We are preparing for Whawha that is our main priority and the game on Sunday will not be my priority,” Harrison said after his team’s training session on Thursday.

“The game on Sunday will be probably a mix of young players and fringe players because we have a friendly on Saturday where we would play our strong team.

“Those games take a lot of drain out of the players mentally and physically. That doesn’t help your preparations.”

Dynamos assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya said: “As big teams you, don’t want to play each other week in, week out, you always want the derby to have that glamour.”

Midfielder Masimba Mambare, who has not played in the last two derbies, is also out of the Sunday one after picking up an injury at training on Tuesday.

Team manager Richard Chihoro said Mambare picked up an ankle injury after landing awkwardly on an uneven surface during the team's first training session since beating Caps United last weekend.

Mambare, signed as a free agent after his Highlanders contract expired, saw very little action in the subsequent season owing to a knee injury he picked in a pre-season friendly match but had appeared to have fully recovered after featuring in the first Harare derby this year.



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