Chigove wary of jinx
5 October 2018
DYNAMOS coach Lloyd Chigove is hoping they do not suffer from back-to-back matches against Herentals as was the case against Bulawayo Chiefs.
As they battle to stay in the Premiership, Dynamos take on Herentals in the Chibuku Super Cup quarter final at Rufaro on Sunday.
Chigove started his reign with a 2-0 defeat away to FC Platinum, having replaced Lloyd Mutasa who was fired after a goalless draw against Bulawayo Chiefs at Rufaro.
The match came a few days after Dynamos beat the same opponents 1-0 in the cup and now Chigove hopes that this does not happen this time around.
“We hope it’s not going to be another jinx where we beat Herentals in the cup tournament and fail to get the three points in the league which is the story of what happened previously.
“But naturally we expect to be able to get a good result and lay a foundation for our fight in the last six games of the league,” he said.
DeMbare have struggled with goals this season, Chigove says a good result will boost their morale.
”It’s critical in the sense that you have to raise the morale of the boys to bring back self belief in every game that you play, should we get a positive result then it gives a good impact on the boys’ mentality.
“In today’s training session some goals were score, naturally as a coach you are happy to see goals being scored at training because if goals are scored at training then they can also be scored during the course of the game.
“We have worked a lot on our finishing the whole of this week; it has been the theme of the training session so we hope it carries into the match,” he added.
No game of football is the same, Chigove said:
“The last time we played them we thought we had a role deal, some decisions went against us and also the rains fell and affected the rhythm of our play, we thought we were on top of the game.
“But football being football it is a completely new ball game altogether, we should treat them with respect and apply ourselves to get good results.
“We think that any team that plays against Dynamos raises the bar so we expect one hell of a fight but Dynamos must triumph.
“The Chibuku trophy has monetary rewards and you get honours if you get a winners medal and any player or coach to be on the podium if critical.”
Chigove hailed the players for responding well whilst calling upon the fans to do their part.
“They have responded very well, after the 30th minute at Mandava we were on top of the game and I think we have been hammering home a lot of points and philosophy but the boys are assuring that they want to give it a fight.
“The multitude of Dynamos supporters, it’s high time they come back so that we move together, it is not good that we support the team when it is doing well and desert the team when they lose.
“Dynamos have not been that bad, we are still a competitive side though things have not been happening for us, the time is near and I think we are on to something and the supporters are the missing link, if they come and give us a deafening roar definitely we will be able to cross the line,” he said.