Eddie Chikamhi Sports Reporter
DYNAMOS forward Rodreck Mutuma says the Glamour Boys are looking beyond the big match against FC Platinum at Mandava tomorrow as they have firmly set their sights on winning an unprecedented fifth straight Castle Lager Premiership championship. Mutuma yesterday told a Press conference that the Harare giants were looking to up their gear in the remaining matches of the season.
DeMbare are currently in second place in the race, but only a point separates them with FC Platinum on the log standings. The forward said the Glamour Boys were aware of the huge challenge they face in defence of the league title this year as they trail log leaders Chicken Inn by four points with nine games remaining.
But as they set out for Zvishavane this morning, Mutuma said Dynamos were not entertaining the idea of dropping points. “It’s a big game, everyone is looking forward to it. On our side we have been working very hard in preparing for this game since last week. Everything looks okay in the camp and I believe we can get maximum points.
“What we need at this stage of the campaign are maximum points. We don’t want a draw at Mandava because we want to keep pace with the log leaders Chicken Inn. “Everyone is ready to fight. Everyone knows we are going there to fight for points. It’s a war, total war. So we need to put in everything to get maximum points there.
“The coach always tells us we need to fight because nothing comes on a silver platter. We need to play as a team, support each other and fight for each other to win the remaining games,” said Mutuma. The match comes at a time FC Platinum have been enjoying top form after going 12 games without defeat and rising from the bottom half of the log table into third place.
Dynamos, on the other hand, have managed to avoid defeat in their last 13 games. Interestingly, the platinum miners’ last defeat came at the hands of Dynamos back in May when Oscar Machapa scored the only goal of the match at Rufaro. Mutuma said the fact that they have also not been losing matches should spur them on.
Over the years, Dynamos have enjoyed the upper hand in their clashes with FC Platinum. “We are not scared of them. We are doing fine. We haven’t been losing to anyone in a while so we are not afraid of any team. Mandava is like our third home ground. “We feel at home when playing there. They (FC Platinum) need to be afraid of us because we are the champions,” said Mutuma.
However, the DeMbare forward knows he will need to pull up his socks as he has failed to find the target in the last two outings. His combination with Takesure Chinyama always look threatening and the Glamour Boys will be banking on the duo to lead their attack. The coach Tonderai Ndiraya has been left a bit handicapped with his back-line following injuries to skipper Augustine Mbara, goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi and defender Kudzanai Nyakasaka. Full-back Ocean Mushure is also not available for selection because of suspension.