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DEFENDING Castle Lager Premiership champions Dynamos will be racing against time to get all their players fit ahead of the new season following a spate of injuries that has hit their camp of late. The Harare giants have over a dozen players down with knocks and their situation has been worsened by the fact that the club currently does not have a qualified medical doctor to work with the team.

Physiotherapist Knowledge Zambo is taking care of the medical department but has his limitations in terms of diagnosis and treatment of some of the injuries.

DeMbare got another big scare when midfielder Masimba Mambare limped off the pitch after playing just 15 minutes in the Independence Cup semi-final tie against Harare City at the weekend.

The extent of Mambare’s injury could not be ascertained and he could not train with the rest of the team yesterday.

Coach Callisto Pasuwa said after the match that there are even more players in their squad in need of medical attention and indicated they would need to sit down as a team to see how best they can move forward in light of the current situation.

Mambare joined team captain Murape Murape, Tawanda Muparati, Clive Kawinga, Simba Sithole, Tafadzwa Rusike, Sydney Linyama and Farai Mupasiri in the casualty ward but there was some good news yesterday as three of the players began light training.

Team manager Richard Chihoro said there is a ray of hope in the Glamour Boys’ changing room following a light workout they conducted yesterday.

“Most of the players are recovering well and I can confirm the likes of Tafadzwa Rusike, Sydney Linyama and Farai Mupasiri have begun light training.

“We are not panicking, though, because I believe we have depth this year.

“On Sunday we played without about nine players who had knocks and we still manage to stand our ground against such a good side as Harare City.

“It shows how g our squad is and that factor is our source of comfort although we would want everyone fit,” said Chihoro.

Dynamos beat Harare City 4-2 following a penalty shootout as the teams had played a goalless draw in regulation time.

They will now meet ambitious side FC Platinum in the cup final on the Independence Day.

The platinum miners, who are coached by former DeMbare players and coaches Lloyd Mutasa and Masimba Dinyero, prevailed over Highlanders in the other semi-final at Barbourfields through a penalty shootout as the teams had again drawn 0-0 in regulation.

However, the teams are not worrying about the final of the Independence Cup yet as they have shifted focus to the Castle Lager Premiership which gets underway this Saturday.

Holders Dynamos will open their account in the league competition against How Mine, who returned home yesterday after bowing out of the Confederation Cup tournament in the second round in Nigeria.

FC Platinum will begin their campaign with Premiership newcomers Chiredzi United.

Chiredzi are a newly formed side that benefitted from the disposal of the franchise by last year’s Zifa Eastern Region Division One winners Hippo Valley and are coached by Moses Chunga.

Harare City face a tricky test against Joey Antipas’ Chicken Inn while CAPS United engage newboys ZPC Kariba who are now under the guidance of Saul Chaminuka.

Chaminuka crossed the floor from the Green Machine during the off-season break and had few CAPS United players like Tawanda Nyamandwe, David Rediyoni and Tawanda Munyanduri following him.

The former Masvingo United and Buffaloes coach worked with the Green Machine during the second half of the season as assistant to Taurayi Mangwiro but was lured to Kariba in search for greener pastures and a quest for new challenges.

Ironically, they engage their former paymasters in their first game in the league competition.

Premiership returnees Chapungu will battle Highlanders while Triangle clash against Shabanie Mine in the first week.

PSL chief executive Kenny Ndebele said they were expecting a successful season after announcing the extension of their marriage with sponsors Delta Beverages who also confirmed the 16-team Chibuku Super Cup tournament.

Other tournaments such as the Mbada Diamonds and the Super Eight Cup are also expected to spice up the game during the season. The league matches are expected to be spread throughout the country with Chishamiso in Chiredzi set to host its first Premiership games while fans in Mutare, Triangle and Kadoma are guaranteed top-flight football this year.

However, ZPC Kariba will set their base in Harare while their Nyamhunga home ground will be undergoing renovations to meet the required standards.

Source : The Herald