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Mandigora on knife edge as Dynamos host Highlanders


Not under as much pressure as his opposite number on Sunday … Bosso coach Bongani Mafu

 

27/06/2015 00:00:00
by Simba Mushati I Goal.com
 
Needs to win to save his job ... David Mandigora
 
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DYNAMOS need to beat Highlanders to ease pressure on head coach Mandigora when the two sides meet on Sunday afternoon.

The visit of bitter rivals Highlanders could not have come at a more inappropriate moment for Dynamos coach David ‘Yogi’ Mandigora, who desperately needs to end a miserable run that has seen his side win just two games in the last eight matches.

To be fair, Dynamos are still not doing too badly on the league table, as they sit third with 23 points from 13 matches. The champions are six points behind leaders Chicken Inn with the season nearing its half-way mark. 

However, Mandigora’s relationship with his team’s volatile support base has steadily deteriorated to the extent that club officials felt he needed some protection for their last home game, which ended in a 1-1 draw against Triangle.

The current poor run has certainly not helped, but the coach was not winning enough friends even when the team started the season with four victories and a draw in their first five matches. 

Many were dissatisfied with the disjointed performances as Dynamos laboured to register 1-0 wins over minnows Flame Lily, Dongo Sawmill and Chapungu. 

A defeat to bitter rivals Highlanders in arguably the biggest fixture on the domestic calendar on Sunday could prove too much to take for Dynamos supporters, and possibly hasten Mandigora’s slide towards the exit. 

Bosso, who have not beaten Dynamos in a league encounter since 2006, are not going through the best of spells either. Coach Bongani Mafu has his own issues to contend with, and the majority of Highlanders supporters have already concluded that he is out of his depth. 

But the Bulawayo giants are not in as much trouble as their eighth place on the table suggests, with a win on Sunday set to bring them to within a point of Dynamos. 

Mafu can, at least, draw some inspiration from his side’s improving sharpness in front of goal. After finding the net only twice in their first six games of the campaign, Highlanders have scored five in the last three, which yielded two draws and one win. 

In-form midfielder Knox Mtizwa has scored three of those, with seasoned forward Obadiah Tarumbwa adding the other two. The duo could combine to create problems for the Dynamos defence. 

On paper at least, Highlanders seem to have more quality in their line-up than their opponents.  



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Exciting youngster King Nadolo appears to have shaken off his injury woes and can form a potentially formidable midfield partnership with under-23 star Nqobizitha Masuku.

But Bosso still have problems in central defence where Felix Chindungwe has been shaky and Mafu is struggling to find a partner for young Teenage Hadebe. 

Mandigora will hope his star midfielder Ronald ‘Rooney’ Chitiyo can exploit the weaknesses in the Bosso defence, although the Dynamos strikers have been a huge let down with a meagre four goals in the last eight matches.

This article was originally published by Goal.com

RESULTS & FIXTURES

Saturday: FC Platinum 4-1 Buffaloes (Mandava), Chicken Inn 1-0 Dongo Sawmill (Luveve), Harare City 0-0 CAPS United (Rufaro, SS).

Sunday: Dynamos v Highlanders (Rufaro, SS), Whawha v Chapungu (Ascot), How Mine v Hwange (Luveve), Triangle United v ZPC Kariba (Gibbo), Tsholotsho v Flame Lily (White City).





 
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