BULAWAYO giants Highlanders have issued a boisterous statement ahead of the Commander ZNA Charities Shield final against bitter rivals Dynamos at Rufaro on Sunday with vice chair Mgcini Mpofu suggesting DeMbare’s dominance over them is now coming to an end.
Highlanders have struggled to beat Dynamos in a league match since 2006 while in cup competitions Bosso last beat Dynamos to the Independence Trophy in 2011.
But Mpofu, who represented Highlanders, told journalists during a press conference in Harare that Dynamos’ ‘expiry date was fast approaching”.
“This is our second year participating in this tournament and we feel this is a noble cause and are obliged to make it happen and interesting. We are coming from a draw and in fact Dynamos survived on Sunday.
“There is always an end to everything and Dynamos’ expiring date is fast approaching. We will field our best players save for the three players who are in the national team,” said Mpofu.
Highlanders were held to a 1-1 draw in a league match at Barbourfields by their rivals who stretched their nine year dominance over them in league matches.
On Sunday, the Bulawayo side will be missing the services of three key players – defender Teenage Hadebe, midfielder Nqobizitha Masuku and striker Knox Mtizwa who are set to travel for national duty for the Under-23 African Championship decisive qualifier against South Africa in KwaZulu Natal on Sunday.
Mpofu said they registered 30 players and would still be able to field a strong squad in their bid to end their poor run against Dynamos.
But Dynamos, represented by club treasurer Webster Marechera at the press briefing, also said they would field their best squad. They will also be missing goalkeeper Tatenda Mukuruva, Carlos Rusere and Blessing Moyo.
Marechera said they wanted to maintain their dominance over Highlanders and that the Dynamos class of 2015 would not want to be remembered as the team that lost to their bitter rivals.
“It’s a culture at Dynamos that we don’t want to lose whenever we play against Highlanders. They know it will be a bad record for them so it will be up to them to be the first team to lose to Highlanders.
“As Dynamos we see this as a national cause and we will field our best players save from those that are playing for the national team,” said Marechera.Advertisement
Lieutenant colonel Alphios Makotore, the Director of Army Public Relations said proceeds from the match will go towards charity.
“We have fundraising activities like dinner dance, golf tournament and horse race and we are taking it to the masses which is soccer.
“All proceeds from the match will go be directed to the needy,” said Makotore.
The organisers of the match have maintained gate charges for the final with the rest of ground ticket going for $3, VIP $5 and VVIP $10.
Makotore also said children under 12 would pay $1.