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LUKE Masomere is happy being the underdog but believes his Buffaloes side will not be push overs tomorrow when they clash with defending champions Dynamos in a Castle Lager Premiership match at the National Sports Stadium.

DeMbare wrecked their confidence when they slumped to their second defeat of the season with a 1-0 loss at Chapungu on Thursday.

But with three wins in the bag, the Harare giants somehow managed to maintain pace with the leading teams on the table and will be eager to get their campaign back on track at home.

Club patron Webster Shamu yesterday paid a courtesy call on the Glamour Boys at their training ground where he addressed the team and pledged to help engage all the stakeholders to turn around their fortunes.

DeMbare travelled to and from Gweru the same day on Thursday, as the team could not afford camping.

The players had a short rest before resuming training at the National Sports Stadium late yesterday afternoon.

Afterwards, the players and the coaches were given strict instruction not to engage the media as the club turns its focus on sorting out the internal issues which they feel are suppressing the results.

DeMbare’s performance this season has been below par despite grinding the result on occasions.

Callisto Pasuwa’s men posted a comprehensive win over Harare City the last time they were at the giant stadium and they will be hoping for the same fortunes as they return to their new home ground seven days later.

However, it is Buffaloes who will go into the match high on confidence following the midweek 1-0 victory over Harare City at Rufaro.

Buffaloes appear buoyant following a refreshingly positive form that has seen them going without tasting defeat in the last four matches and, crucially, without conceding a goal in over 360 minutes of open play.

It is fascinating how Masomere’s men are quietly going about their business after overcoming an opening match humiliation in which they lost 5-1 to Hwange.

Masomere yesterday said they have not lost respect for Dynamos despite their midweek slump and warned the soldiers were coming for a positive result.

Buffaloes bank on the wealth of experience they have in such players as Prosper Matizanadzo, Jacob Muzokomba and industrious striker Roy Mwenga.

“The fact that Dynamos lost their last match to Chapungu does not make Dynamos a bad team and Chapungu the better of the two in comparison,” said Masomere.

“Dynamos are still that dangerous side that we know and I am sure they will be firing from all angles.

“But we are a very experienced team and let me say we are not pushovers. We may not be able to match them in terms of support base and our profile as a team but on the field of play we will definitely do our best.

“If you look at myself the coach, my technical team and the players, it’s a g unit composed of battle-hardened personnel who have seen it all in football.

“So, we are ready for the game although I feel our last match at Rufaro affected us in a way. We have a couple of players, about four or five, who picked up injuries. I think the turf is hard and makes players vulnerable to knocks.

“We will be addressing that problem again tomorrow (today) when we conduct our final training and I am confident most of the players will be fit for the game.”

Dynamos are also battling a spate of injuries which has left a good number of key players grounded.

Tawanda Muparati, Masimba Mambare are still down while they were waiting for the likes of Murape Murape, Cliff Sekete and Sydney Linyama to recover.

They were also still making efforts to push for the clearance of Roderick Mutuma who rejoined them from South Africa’s Bloemfontein Celtic.

DeMbare definitely need to bounce back from their loss at Chapungu, which Pasuwa described as probably their worst performance in years.

They may not have forgotten how tricky their assignments with Buffaloes have been since they returned to the topflight league.

Buffaloes have a collection of exciting players in their arsenal which also include youthful players like recent national Under-20 team graduate Liberty Chakoroma, Admire Dzumbunu, Frankson Bushiri.

However, their midfield gman Tafadzwa Mombeshora will miss the weekend action through suspension after amassing three yellow cards in previous encounters.

Mombeshora gave the Mutare side victory when he scored the only goal of the match in their last outing against Harare City.

Masomere however, is not worried about his absence.

“Obviously, we will miss him as one of our key players but I have a better replacement,” said Masomere.

“I am even happy because the person who will take his place has not been playing because of some reasons but is now back in the team.

“So I am not worried much. I have even told Mombeshora that he is up for tough competition.”

DeMbare finally had a striker, Anesu Gondo, on the scoresheet in that win over Harare City with the second goal, in which he pushed Crispen Dickson and Arnold Chivheya to the ground before connecting home, the pick of his goals.

But he was easily contained by the Chapungu defenders and Pasuwa will be hoping that his young gun gets some help from the senior players.

Source : The Herald