Eddie Chikamhi Senior Sports Reporter
UNHERALDED former Zimbabwe Under-17 coach Lloyd Chigowe is expected to lead troubled Dynamos in their quest to defend their unbeaten record against Triangle in the Premier Soccer League at Gibbo this Sunday. Chigowe was handed the responsibility following a shake up of the technical bench which resulted in the sacking of interim coach Biggie Zuze and the return of Lloyd Mutasa three weeks after he had been fired.
But, with Mutasa away on national duty for the COSAFA tournament in South Africa, Chigowe, who has recently been promoted from the DeMbare juniors, will be at the deep end on Sunday.
In 10 meetings between the sides, Dynamos have never lost a match to the Sugar Sugar Boys since their promotion in 2013.
The highly-rated junior development specialist Chigowe has already begun preparing for the challenge and yesterday took the players through their paces with the backing of returning goalkeepers’ coach Zondai Nyaungwa and team manager Richard Chihoro.
Team manager Chihoro yesterday said the Harare giants were in safe hands under the leadership of assistant coach Chigowe.
The long-serving team manager also indicated they will be consulting with Mutasa who is likely to miss the team’s next match away to Mutare City if the Warriors progress to the final of the COSAFA tournament.
“We are all football people. I think the guys we have here are very experienced and we will carry on with our business as usual.
Whatever we are doing we are going to be in constant liaison with the head coach.
“We are not desperate. The guys are playing good football, but it’s just that we haven’t been that lucky.
“So, there is no pressure on our side that the head coach won’t be around for this match. As usual we expect to win just as we do with every other game that we play as Dynamos.
“I am sure things will soon be well with our team.
“My plea is that our supporters should continue rallying behind the team. We expect maximum support in Triangle and very soon the results will start coming.
“We have been preparing well since Tuesday and the good thing is that we don’t have any injuries to worry about. The morale is high among the boys.
“Everybody is raring to go and we expect a good game in Triangle,” said Chihoro.
DeMbare are expecting a full house after welcoming back one of the vice captains Obey Mwerahari from injury.
The Glamour Boys have not won in their last three outings after losing to champions FC Platinum and then drawing against Black Rhinos and Herentals.
The three matches were played at their Rufaro home ground where they have appeared largely clueless this season.
The club’s supporters were beginning to lose patience with interim coach Zuze who was eventually fired on Wednesday.
The Glamour Boys are currently 11th on the log standings with 14 points from 14 starts, but they should not expect an easy outing in the Lowveld where Taurayi Mangwiro’s men have experienced mixed fortunes this season.
Triangle are coming from a 2-1 win away at Mutare City which took them to seventh on the log standings with 23 points.
Today: Black Rhinos v Chicken Inn (NSS)
Tomorrow: FC Platinum v Shabanie Mine (Mandava), Herentals v Nichrut (NSS), Harare City v Highlanders (Rufaro), Bulawayo City v Yadah (Barbourfields)
Sunday: CAPS United v Mutare City Rovers (NSS), Chapungu v ZPC Kariba (Ascot), Bulawayo Chiefs v Ngezi Platinum Stars (Luveve), Triangle United v Dynamos (Gibbo)