By Sports Reporter
HARARE giants Dynamos will be seeking to break a 12-year jinx at Maglas Stadium when they battle tricky premiership side Shabanie Mine in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match this weekend.
The last time the struggling former champions secured victory there was way back in April 2006 when they overcame them 2-1.
In the reverse fixture in Harare this season, Dynamos, then under the guidance of assistant coach Biggie Zuze, thought they had all three points in the bag after leading 3-0 only for the asbestos miners to claw back and force a 3-3 draw in one of the biggest come backs in the local game.
Coach Lloyd Mutasa acknowledged Thursday, Shabanie Mine has presented a huge challenge for them over the years.
Mutasa however expressed confidence they would break the jinx.
“I think so far so good, we are doing fine and we are ready for Shabanie. It has been long, over six years that we went there and I still remember from 2011 up to this day. I think every time we went to Maglas we ended up having some draws and I don’t remember when we last won on that field. Everything has a beginning though. The good part is we choosing our team from a pool that is eager to turn the tide.
“Shabanie, like any other team, when they play Dynamos they raise their game and them probably the oldest club in Zvishavane, they are bound to give such a fight. But everything has a beginning and we should be able to break the jinx,” said Mutasa.
Mutasa might be forced to make the trip to Maglas without goalkeeper Simbarashe Chinane who has been keeping goal for the Glamour Boys in recent matches.
The shot stopper is nursing a swollen ankle and will have to pass a late fitness test.
The Dynamos gaffer however remains confident of a positive result.
“As a coach, we have always imparted knowledge to these youngsters, telling them that a game of football is not over until it’s over. One goal is not enough; you need to get two or three goals, so that we cushion ourselves.
“We have our current goalkeeper, Simbarashe Chinane who has a swollen knee, and we will see how it goes tomorrow,” said Mutasa.
The Harare giants however, have been boosted this week by the return of skipper Ocean Mushure for training. The left back has been dodging training for over a month now complaining over outstanding payments which he claims to be in excess of $24 000.
In 11th place with just 21 points and 23 points off the pace, the Glamour Boys badly need a victory if they are to finish in a respectable position.