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CHIREDZI coach Moses Chunga will not be making any special plans ahead of their clash with defending champions Dynamos tomorrow, but wants his charges to rise to the occasion at Chishamiso.

Chiredzi have only managed one win in eight starts and lost their fifth game during mid-week in the 3-0 defeat at Shabanie Mine.

Chunga is devoting most of his energy on the long-term goal of making his project tick as he wants them to last the distance in the marathon this year. Chiredzi need mental strength to take the challenge tomorrow and Chunga wants his team to improve on their finishing and hopes his strikers, led by Norman Maroto, will find their range.

“People usually associate me with Dynamos and that is something that has been there for a long time in football circles. I cannot do anything to change that.

“I played for Dynamos yes and I coached the team as well but people should also recognise that I am a professional, if you know what it means.

“My bread is buttered here at Chiredzi and my job is to deliver for the team. So our wish is to win games no matter which team we play and I hope my players will rise to the occasion on Sunday,” said Chunga.

Chiredzi gave their players a rest yesterday to recover from the effects of their trip to Shabanie Mine and will have a light session today as they wrap up preparations for the match.

Chunga will be hoping that forwards Maroto, Malvern Gaki, Sam Msimbu and youthful Munyaradzi Chiwara give him joy by scoring at home.

With no serious injuries, they also look for inspiration from players such as Brighton Pamhirwa, Tapiwa Dephistara, Wellington Kamudyariwa and Abel Gwatidzo who joined them from Dynamos.

“We have the arsenal to destroy any team but my main worry is that we are not taking aantage of the chances that we are getting.

“I know the problem and I am taking care of it. I am sure in the near future we will get everything right,” said Chunga. Dynamos are also going through a difficult period early in the season and the Harare giants are under pressure to get their act together in defence of their title.

Despite winning their last game against FC Platinum on Wednesday, Dynamos appear like they are yet to hit the right chords if they entertaining hopes for a fourth straight title.

Their forwards have been struggling in front of goal and coach Callisto Pasuwa has banned the players from talking to the media as he tries to deal with the pressure.

Tam manager Richard Chihoro said they still miss some of their key players like Tawanda Muparati, Masimba Mambare and Clive Kawinga who are injured. The duo of Anesu Gondo and Devon Chafa have begun light training but are still not available for selection.

“None of our injured players has returned but we are hoping that Devon and Anesu should be back by next week.

“Despite those setbacks, I think we are prepared for the game. It’s tricky though because Chiredzi are new and we don’t have much knowledge about them,” said Chihoro.

Fixtures

Today

ZPC Kariba v How Mine (Gwanzura), Chicken Inn v Chapungu (Luveve), FC Platinum v Triangle (Mandava, 1:00pm, SS)

Sunday

Buffaloes v Highlanders (Sakubva), Hwange v Shabanie Mine (Colliery), CAPS United v Bantu Rovers (NSS), Chiredzi v Dynamos (Chishamiso, 3:00pm, SS)

Monday

Harare City v Black Rhinos (Rufaro)

Source : The Herald

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