From Paul Mundandi in Zvishavane
LUKE MASOMERE has mocked the Glamour Boys ahead of their showdown at Mandava tomorrow, saying Shabanie will not resort to using bouncers to try and win their Castle Lager Premiership tie. DeMbare were roundly condemned last week after one of
their bouncers assaulted Hwange coach, Nation Dube, in the tunnel of the dressing room before their league match at Rufaro.
Dube didn’t sit on the bench that day, after he had to be taken by medical personnel for treatment, and Hwange were beaten 2-4.
Masomere said his team will not intimidate the opponents or resort to sending bouncers to harass the Glamour Boys.
“We are trying to run away from yesteryear football as it is difficult to bring families to watch soccer because of violence and vulgar language,” said Masomere.
“We do not want monyas to come to the stadiums because I have never seen Kaizer Chiefs bringing monyas to the pitch.
“We have enough security at Maglas and I do not expect any team to bring a truckload of bouncers.
“I am also calling upon the fans to support the team even when the chips are down. This can be our year to enjoy.”
Masomere said his charges — unbeaten at home this season — were ready for the big test against DeMbare, insisting that the assignment will be a difficult one for both sides.
“The match on Wednesday will be a very difficult one. Dynamos were knocked out of the Champions League on Sunday and they badly want a win,” said Masomere.
“We also lost a game in Mutare.
“Dynamos are coming here wounded and we are also wounded and tomorrow two wounded lions will be clashing and you know what happens when it comes to that.
“I am, however, hoping to do well.”
The asbestos miners’ players were in high spirits at their training session yesterday with the battle for places, to play in a glamour tie against the champions, clearly intense.
Masomere was forced to intervene, three times, to remind the players that they were from the same team and needed to take it easy since the real opponents would only arrive at Mandava tomorrow.
The country’s leading goal-scorer, Nelson Mazivise, looked sharp and Tarisai Rukanda, Francis Kanda and former Masvingo hitman Pervington Zimunya all looked ready
for the showdown.
Erea Phiri, who once played for Blue Ribbon, Tafadzwa Mombeshora, Smart Muchabayiwa, Gilford Mchiwa, Lennonn Chisunga and captain Rodney Mware all said this
was a big game and they badly needed to make a huge impression.
Chisunga, a battle-hardened fighter, has been warming the bench but might be thrown into action tomorrow because of his experience.
Dynamos will be banking on the artistry of midfielder, Denver Mukamba, who had a dream day against Esperance at Rufaro on Sunday.
Mukamba became the first Glamour Boy to score against Esperance in more than eight hours of Champions League football.