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Masimba Mambare

12/05/2017 00:00:00
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DYNAMOS will be banking on former Highlanders forward Masimba Mambare as the two sides clash in a block-bluster Castle Lager Premiership tie at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.

Mambare has developed a knack of scoring against his former team since crossing the flow to join the Glamour Boys.

The striker had established himself as a household name at Bosso after joining the side from Motor Action.

But, when he decided to leave Bosso, it was met with disapproval by the Bulawayo giant’s fans with the city press even describing him as a traitor.

While Mambare did not make an impact at Dynamos after his switch as he fought the ravages of injuries, he has always stood out whenever he plays against his former team.

His name always appears on the score sheet even when Dynamos lose against Highlanders.

He scored in his first game for Dynamos when they beat Highlanders 2-0 in the Bob Super Cup and last season, Dynamos were beaten by Highlanders for the first time since 2006 losing (2-0) and (2-1) in both league encounters.

Mambare did not play a part in the 2-0 defeat because of injury but he was on the score sheet in the 2-1 loss to Highlanders, thus underlining his abilities under the weight of expectations.

This season, he came from the bench during the Independence Cup final to score the first goal before Highlanders levelled matters to force the match into the penalty shoot-out with Dynamos eventually lifting the trophy.

But as they prepare for another encounter at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday, Mambare said what was important was to handle the pressure that comes with games of this magnitude.

“I remember I always score against Highlanders ever since I left in 2014; but it’s not about me only, it’s about the team,” said Mambare.

“Of course, we won against them Highlanders in the Independence Cup but this is a completely different game. It’s a league match.

“What is important to handle the pressure because there is a lot of pressure in these kinds of games. We will go there with a positive mentality.”

Although, Highlanders were beaten to the Independence Cup, they derive their confidence from the fact that they are the log leaders and sparks are certain to fly.


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