DeMbare adjust to new realities Herbert “Jompano” Maruwa

Tadious Manyepo

Sports Reporter

DYNAMOS coach Herbert “Jompano” Maruwa has had to quickly recalibrate his charges, who have become used to playing in Harare, as they travel to Gweru for a tricky outing against Black Rhinos at Bata Stadium on Sunday. 

This Castle Lager Premier Soccer league match was supposed to take place at the National Sports Stadium three weeks ago before the PSL halted top-flight action to pave the way for renovations at the giant facility. 

But issues being attended to at the venue haven’t been completed as yet and the PSL decided to let the eight clubs who have been playing home games at the National Sports Stadium including Black Rhinos look for alternative venues. 

Dynamos have played only three games this season away from the National Sports Stadium due to the big number of teams using the giant facility in the opening 12 weeks of the campaign. 

They will now have to travel all the way to Gweru to face a team which is also from the capital. 

The Glamour Boys themselves have settled for a home stadium which is further away from Gweru with the giants set to use Barbourfields for their home games. 

And Maruwa has had to work over-time to help the players adjust to the new reality. 

That Maruwa will have to lead his charges to face his former paymasters hundreds of kilometres away from familiar territory has kept him and his players on toes. 

“As a team we are happy and are doing what we love most, which is playing football. We have to make sure that we start from where we left. We won our last match against ZPC Kariba before the league went for a three-weeks break.

“We have to go to Bata Stadium and play with a positive mind our match against Black Rhinos and make sure that we get the full points,” said Maruwa. 

“Obviously, having had to go for three weeks without football will affect our rhythm in some way. My boys were in good form having managed to score three goals in one match against ZPC Kariba. “And now it’s like we are starting again. But we are going to make sure that we work hard and get a positive result against Black Rhinos. “It’s not going to be an easy game. Black Rhinos are in muddy waters and I think they are determined to start winning so we have to make sure that we are thoroughly prepared for the challenge. 

“We need maximum concentration to make sure that we get the three points. Of course there is this inconvenience that comes with having to quickly adjust to the fact that the match is no longer going to be played in Harare so we keep on telling the boys to be flexible. 

“Dynamos is a big brand and we need to perform under any circumstance. Whether we are playing in Bulawayo, Mt Darwin or Gweru, there are always a lot of supporters who rally behind Dynamos. 

“We have to make sure that everyone in the team carries a positive mind whenever we have a game regardless of its location”. 

The Glamour Boys will be looking to do a perfect job without the services of captain Frank Makarati who is still carrying an injury.

Makarati suffered an ankle sprain last month and missed DeMbare’s last game against ZPC Kariba together with another injury victim Elvis Moyo. Both defenders are back on their feet but they are still doing light training and they have been ruled out of the match against Black Rhinos. Midfielder Tendai Matindife and striker Jayden Bakare are also on the treatment table and will miss Sunday’s match. 

“Frank Makarati is currently doing light training and so is Elvis Moyo. Jayden Bakare and Tendai Matindife are also out of this fixture but we have enough quality to fill those gaps.

“As a coach, obviously one needs all of his players available for selection in a key match like the one against Black Rhinos.

“But when some are injured, others have to step up and fill those gaps. It will be their chance to shine as well”.

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