Dynamos meet Monos

rody_dhlakamaBasking in the glory of five straight victories, Dynamos will be seeking to put icing to the cake with three points against reigning champions Monomotapa in a Premier Soccer League (PSL) week 12 encounter set for Rufaro stadium, today. (Pictured: Monos' Rody Dhlakama)

Former champions Dynamos are the current log leaders and another three points at their home ground today will power them into another week in charge of the premiership standings.

Captain Desmond Gazza Maringwa and his teammates will march onto the park anticipating a tough challenge from Rodwell Dhlakamas well drilled charges, who cannot to be taken for granted.

Monomotapa have proved that they are at their lethal best when every soccer pundit writes them off and today may just be one of those days when they upset the applecart.

On paper, Dynamos with their wealth of experience and current rich vein of form are favourites to add the champions scalp to the heap of their victims.

But after shrugging off the under-dogs tag in this years edition of the MTN Confederation of African Football (Caf) Champions League to beat seasoned campaigners Asec Mimosas of Cote dIvoire and qualify for the money-spinning mini-league phase of the competition, Monos sent a strong message that on their day they can beat any football side.

Dynamos, who last year succumbed to the pressure of chasing two championship titles on the continent and on the domestic scene are among favourites to for the local premiership honours this year.

But the Glamour Boys are certainly taking each game as it comes as they seek to avoid last seasons agony when Monos took them by surprise to snatch the championship title from under their nose.

Monos head coach, Dhlakama, who must have learnt a lot from the former champions mistake of using the same players at home and in Africa, has his work cut out and is not leaving anything to chance this season.

Dhlakama told The Zimbabwean on Sunday that Monomotapa will assemble a pool of players large enough to make up two teams for the home and continental campaigns.

But as the club work on that, his charges need to start winning matches each week to put their domestic title defence on track and reduce the pressure that comes when the race to the finishing line hots up during the third quarter of the season.

The champions drew nil-all with Kiglon last Wednesday, having collected three points against an inform CAPS United last week, to power themselves out of the relegation zone with a game in hand against Bulawayo giants Highlanders, which will be played in Harare.

In other matches today, Highlanders host Eagles at Barbourfields stadium as Lengthens travel to Mutare for a clash against premiership debutants, Highway. Hwange face Shooting Stars at the Colliery.

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