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DYNAMOS vice-captain Thomas Magorimbo says the Harare giants cannot underestimate the magnitude of the task they face as they open their account in defence of the Castle Lager Premiership title against How Mine tomorrow.Interestingly, both teams began their season earlier than any other club in the domestic Premiership as they were participating in the caf inter-club competitions and they have made strides in terms of match fitness.

DeMbare were booted out of the Champions League in the first round by AS Vita of the Democratic Republic of Congo last month.

How Mine went a bit further into the second round, but they lost to Bayelsa United of Nigeria last week.

Magorimbo yesterday said DeMbare are keen to turn their focus to the domestic arena where they have dominated after winning the last three seasons.

“We are not looking at this as our first game of the year because we have been participating in the Champions League and we have also played Highlanders and Harare City in competitive matches.

“The league competition, however, is a different thing altogether. We were disappointed in the last game against Harare City that we couldn’t score goals in regulation time. If it was a league match that would have meant two points dropped.

“We don’t like that, so we want to correct things as we go to Bulawayo,” said Magorimbo.

Dynamos thrashed How Mine 3-0 in their first meeting last year but the gold miners, who were playing top-flight football for the first time, had the last laugh when they claimed victories in the other two clashes.

“Because of their involvement in the Confederation Cup, I think How Mine are fit and organised at this point. Their confidence levels are also high considering their performance in that tournament. So, we know exactly what we are up against.

“The last time we played them we lost the match. If they were able to beat us then it means they are also capable of doing it again if we don’t learn from our mistakes. That defeat gave us some homework to do and we are going to take it up from there.

“It’s more like we want to score back some points or to revenge,” said Magorimbo.

DeMbare, however, will miss some of their key players like Masimba Mambare, Ocean Mushure and Tawanda Muparati through injuries.

Strikers Simba Sithole and Clive Kawinga, captain Murape Murape and Tafadzwa Rusike are also doubtful starters while defensive kingpin Partson Jaure sits out the second of his seven-match suspension.

DeMbare, however, still have some of their consistent performers like Ronald Chitiyo, Sydney Linyama, Walter Mukanga and Cliff Sekete up for selection.

Either Victor Kamhuka or newboy Themba will be considered to partner Linyama at centreback as replacement for Jaure.

The coach — Callisto Pasuwa — will also have to gamble whether to start with Patrick Khumbula, Anesu Gondo or Washington Pakamisa upfront as the latter has been struggling with his game.

“This season there is a lot of competition for places in our squad. Yes we might have injuries but the absence of those few players should mean something to the others in the squad.

“There are some players who haven’t been playing and they have the zeal to make the first team,” said Magorimbo.

How Mine arrived from Nigeria during the midweek following a disappointing trip to the West African nation where they lost 2-0 to bow out of the Confederation Cup 3-2 on aggregate in the second round.

Coach Philani Ncube said they have since shifted attention to local challenges and are looking to build on the momentum they had gathered in the African safari.

“It’s going to be a tough game but we have to soldier on. As much as we respect Dynamos as the champions, we are going to throw away that respect for those 90 minutes, especially that we are playing at home.

“We need to make a positive start. We are not looking at the championship as such but this match is important because I believe the first cut is the deepest.

“But it’s going to take a lot of patience, caution and maximum concentration since we know our opponents that well,” said Ncube.

However, their midfielders Warren Dube and Timothy January are still sidelined by injuries and will not take part tomorrow.

Both players had started light training but Dube aggravated his knee injury and is down again while January has not yet fully recovered.

Source : The Herald

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