By GOODWILL ZUNIDZA, Harare
Harare City’s resurgence in the ongoing Chibuku Super Cup is cause for Dynamos’ worry as the battle for quarter-final places swings into its intriguing phase this weekend.
The Sunshine Boys, as yet unbeaten after four rounds of Group 1 action, finally got their first win last Saturday with a 2-1 despatch of Herentals at the National Sports Stadium.
They now test their brooms against log leaders De Mbare in a showdown expected to shape the destiny of the group.
Dynamos lead the six-team table with eight points but face an acid test against the municipal side gunning for one of the two qualifying spots from the group and sitting just two points behind.
Only Group 1 has offerings this weekend with Caps United taking on ZPC Kariba and the winless duo of Herentals and Yadah squaring off.
The rest of the groups are on a bye having reached the halfway stage of the first round.
Ngezi Platinum are all but through to the knockout stage from Zvishavane’s Group 4 while Chicken Inn and Highlanders look set to proceed from Group 2 in Bulawayo.
However, Group 3 taking place in Mutare is still wide open ahead of resumption with no clear favourite among the quartet of Cranborne Bullets, Black Rhinos, Manica Diamonds and Tenax.
Wiliam Manondo is the man Dynamos need to watch if they are entertaining any hopes of wheezing past Harare City at NSS.
The quicksilver striker, known to reserve his best for the Chibuku Super Cup, last weekend struck his 28th goal in the competion since its inception in 2014, his second in the current edition, and remains his team’s trump card.
But he is not the only one posing danger in coach Lloyd Chitembwe’s side as they have another prolific goal-scorer in Clive Rupiya and also rely on the midfield prowess of Zvikomborero Bizeki for ball supply.
Speaking to ZimMorningPost, Chitembwe for some reason downplayed the formidable challenge they will give Dynamos.
“We are only focusing on giving the boys some game time since we are still in pre-season,” Chitembwe claimed.
“In other words we view these games as good preparations for the upcoming season.”
City kicked off their campaign with three draws against ZPC Kariba, Yadah and Caps United before collecting all points against Herentals in their fourth encounter.
The Glamour Boys on the other hand are the only team in the group with two victories giving coach Tonderai Ndiraya reason to believe the glorious days are back.
“We did not play as well as we would have wished in the last two fixtures but it is good to see that the lads are still grinding the results.
“Looking forward I am expecting everyone to come to the party on Sunday so that we maintain our lead,” beamed Ndiraya.
Dynamos have managed to overcome the difficulty of playing without the backing of a multitude acknowledged to be their 12th man.
Roving right-back Emmanuel Jalai continues to knock for a national team call-up with his slick moves which ably complement the attacking trio of Newman Sianchali, Barnabas Mushunje and Warriors trialist King Nadolo.
Harare City are tied on six points with second-placed Caps who engage ZPC Kariba hoping to snatch the group lead.
Makepekepe showed extraordinary character in fighting back from a deficit during their first three matches but failed to maintain their own lead in drawing 1-all with Dynamos last weekend, making their next tie hard to predict.