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STAR midfielder Ronald “Rooney” Chitiyo will be a notable absentee tomorrow when defending champions Dynamos go out on a difficult mission in the Castle Lager Premier League away to How Mine at Barbourfields.

Chitiyo, who has been outstanding for the Glamour Boys, was called up to the national team for the COSAFA Cup starting tomorrow in South Africa and might not be available for the next two weeks.

Initially, the Glamour Boys had refused to release the diminutive midfielder in light of the pressure they are facing to win games but they later yielded to ZIFA’s demands.

Dynamos team manager Richard Chihoro yesterday said although the creative midfielder will be missed, they still have enough personnel in their reserves to do the job.

Youthful midfielder Carlos Rusere, who started in last week’s 1-0 win over FC Platinum, is also not available as he is part of the COSAFA squad.

The technical team will have to turn to the likes of Ghanaian Erick Opoku, Oscar Machapa, Masimba Mambare, Stephen Alimenda and Walter Mukanga in the midfield battles against How Mine’s tried-and-tested engine room which comprises Menard Mupera, Thembani Masuku, Limited Chikafa and the former DeMbare duo of Wonder Sithole and Devon Chafa.

“Of course, Chitiyo is not available for this game but he is not the only player we are missing. Normally we play as a team.

“We are also missing Carlos (Rusere) and unfortunately Simba (Nhivi) and Obey (Mwerahari) have failed to recover for this match.

“So we are missing a couple of our players but I believe we have the players who can fit into their positions,” said Chihoro.

Of late, the Glamour Boys have been experiencing trying times after losing two games in succession to Chicken Inn and newboys Whawha.

But last Sunday’s 1-0 win over FC Platinum should have given fresh inspiration to coach David Mandigora and his men.

Dynamos are currently third on the log standings with 17 points while How Mine are fourth with 15.

However, How Mine could end up on third place tomorrow if they win the contest.

“We know what to expect. How Mine are a very experienced team. They made a number of big name signings during the off-season.

“They have a lot of experienced players but we take each game as it comes. I think we are prepared for them,” said Chihoro.

How Mine coach Luke Masomere is excited to come face to face with his former paymasters and yesterday warned them that they should not expect an easy outing.

Masomere was elated by the return of most of his players from injury.

Former DeMbare star Chafa and Godfrey Ngowodzawo are the latest to make a comeback and could be up for selection tomorrow.

“We have prepared well for this game. I am happy the bulk of my players who had been on injury are back, of course, except for Tawanda Muparati,” said Masomere.

“It’s a big game for us. We know we are playing the best team in the country. They are the champions and their profile speaks for itself, so we are happy to be the underdogs in this match.

“But let me make it clear that being underdogs does not mean we will be playing second fiddle, no.

“We are also in the league to compete. So it should be an exciting match since both teams have struggled for consistency this season if we are to look at results.”

Chikurupati will look up to Kuda Musharu, Timothy January, Charles Sibanda and Benjamin Marere for goals.

Although they have had a see-saw campaign, How Mine have proved lethal on a good day as they demonstrated in the 6-0 thrashing of newboys Whawha recently.

Meanwhile, Tsholotsho and Dongo Sawmill drew 1-1 in a league match at White City yesterday.

FIXTURES

Today: Chicken Inn v Highlanders (Barbourfields), Harare City v Hwange (Rufaro), Flame Lily v Buffaloes (Lafarge), Whawha v ZPC Kariba (Ascot)

Tomorrow: How Mine v Dynamos (Barbourfields), CAPS United v Chapungu (National Sports Stadium), FC Platinum v Triangle (Mandava)

Source : The Herald

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