TSHOLOTSHO coach Lizwe Sweswe says his charges are motivated to play Dynamos and have prepared well for the Castle Lager Premiership tie at Barbourfields Stadium on Saturday.
Iziqholo Ze Zhwane as they affectionately known shocked Harare City with a 1-0 victory in the opening match of their debut season last term before edging the expensively assembled Sunshine City Boys by the same score line in their recent Castle Lager Premiership tie.
They also managed to avoid defeat against Dynamos in their debut season last year after playing a goalless draw at Rufaro and then forcing a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture at Barbourfields.
And on Saturday, they host the Harare giants seeking a victory against a team that has had a disastrous start to the campaign under Portuguese coach Paulo Jorge Silva.
Sweswe said on Thursday that he had great respect for Dynamos as a big club and that his guys were more than motivated to play their more illustrious opponents.
“The boys are motivated to play Dynamos. They are one of the biggest teams in the league and that on its own is a motivation to the players. They are all eager to play in this match,” said the coach.
“Of course we haven’t lost against Dynamos but we don’t want to have a tendency of relying on history because football is dynamic. We will just play the game as normal.
“We don’t want to look into their problems. It will be interesting to meet them.”
Dynamos will be without their chief striker Rodreck Mutuma who has a swollen ankle picked from their defeat to FC Platinum on Sunday.
He has not been attending the team’s training session since Tuesday and team manager Richard Chihoro said Mutuma was highly unlikely to play as he was still injured.
“Mutuma is injured and am sure the doctors are attending to him. He got injured during the match against FC Platinum.
“He has not been training the whole of this week and I don’t think he will make it,” said Chihoro.
But Dynamos have Evans Gwekwerere to look up to for inspiration. The veteran striker missed the defeat to FC Platinum due to injury but has been training this week ahead of the trip to Tsholotsho.
Interim coach Lloyd Mutasa was given five games to prove himself after DeMbare parted ways with Portuguese coach Paulo Jorge Silva last week.Advertisement
Mutasa will be looking for his first win after he started off with a defeat to FC Platinum their third loss in six starts which plunged them to 15th place on the log standings.