The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Glamour Boys Bank on Uncompromising Defence

FORMER Dynamos assistant coach Simon Chuma believes Dynamos' solid defence will be key to getting them a positive result when they date CAPS United in a Mbada Diamonds Cup semi-final at Barbourfields on Sunday.

Chuma, who served the Harare giants as a lieutenant to Elvis Chiweshe, yesterday said the Glamour Boys' punishing defence has been their strongest department over the years.

He said since Independence, Dynamos have had a reputation of an uncompromising defence that was marshalled by Sunday Chidzambwa who went on to become the most celebrated coach in the history of the club so far.

Dynamos face their Harare rivals at Barbourfields in a derby match that had been slatted for a neutral venue but DeMbare march into the game with the bragging rights, having defeated their arch-rivals CAPS United twice in the league this season.

"I know that Dynamos' biggest asset in winning games has been their defence. It has been like that and it's a tradition. So, even if the forwards are not getting goals, the Dynamos defence remains resolute. Over the years, the defence has been the strongest department," said Chuma.

Chuma also supports his claims by statistics from the current Castle Lager Premiership log standing which show that Dynamos have the meanest defence. Dynamos have conceded the least number of goals (14) at an average of a goal in every two league matches.

CAPS United have a rather porous defence, having conceded 28 goals, to average two goals against them in every league match. In the last match against Monomotapa, Dynamos built their defensive foundation around goalkeeper George Chigova, centrebacks Gift Bello and Patson Jaure while Ocean Mushure and Thomas Magorimbo were the wingbacks.

Jaure has been the most consistent defender at the club this season while Bello has done relatively well since the suspension of Guthrie Zhokinyi because of the Asiagate scandal.

"Even when the strikers are not in good form, the defence has not conceded more than two goals in any match this season.

"Traditionally, Dynamos have a solid defence. Defences at Dynamos have not been easy to penetrate and I think that has been the norm," said Chuma.

Only Hwange have been able to score more than once against Dynamos this season as they lost 4-2 in an ill-tempered match at Rufaro in May. But while Chuma believes Dynamos will win the cup match, he warned the players to avoid complacency.

"This is a cup game and anything came happen in such games.

"But I know from experience that Dynamos players can rise to the occasion and will play it like a money game.

"I think we have a slight advantage in the league (championship race) although it's not over yet. Anything can happen in the remaining two games but Dynamos are in the driving gear," he said. Yesterday, Dynamos continued with their training at Gwanzura in the afternoon behind closed doors.

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