FORMER Dynamos coach Tonderai Ndiraya was last Thursday appointed coach of Premiership new-boys Ngezi FC, just three days before he faces his former team.
Ndiraya, who was sacked at Dynamos after failing to win the championship after taking over from David Mandigira and managing only a second place finish, will however, not be on the bench this weekend until the next match.
But his influence and knowledge of Dynamos will be key in Sunday’s battle.
“It’s true, I have been appointed coach of Ngezi Platinum, but I won’t be on the bench on Sunday. I will officially start work on Monday,” said Ndiraya.
Dynamos, still mourning a fatal road accident that claimed eight of their supporters last weekend, would want to win Sunday’s match to give the fans supporters a fitting send off.
Assistant DeMbare coach, Murape Murape, said some of the players and technical team members were very close to the supporters, adding that they would dedicate all their upcoming matches to the departed.
“It has been a difficult time for us. These supporters were actually our friends as technical team and the players.
“It will be a fitting send off for them if we win our next match on Sunday,” said Murape.
The former Dynamos midfielder said the Harare giants have not won back-to-back matches this campaign and he said the clash against Ngezi FC Platinum was a must win contest.
He said the death of their supporters has, if anything, given them greater resolve, adding that they want to turn adversity into opportunity following the unfortunate incident that befell them last week.
“We haven’t won in back-to-back this season and we have to give everything on Sunday and not leave anything out there,” he said.
“We have to try to be consistent. We should take what has happened to us at Dynamos recently as a challenge.
“As the technical team, we will choose players based on performance at training not to base on the past.”
Dynamos have however, been struggling at home this season while they have been convincing on the road where they notched three victories against Mutare City, Tsholotho and Chapungu.
The home form has become a major concern among the club’s supporters. Dynamos are yet to win at home let alone score a goal, as the team battle to absorb the pressure that comes with playing before a huge crowd.Advertisement
While they have the ability, the players appear to lack the mentality to play before the own fans.
Dynamos are currently on ninth position in the league with 11 points while Ngezi are 12th position having won two games, drawn two, and lost five.