Senior Sports Reporter
TROUBLESOME Eastern Region Division One outfit – Africa Trust – has warned log leaders, Mutare City Rovers that their league match against the Watsomba-based outfit at Sakubva Stadium tomorrow (Saturday) will not be a stroll in the park.
The match, which is more of a local derby, starts at 3pm. Mutare City Rovers played a one-all stalemate in the reverse fixture at the James Mwonzora Stadium at St Mathias Tsonzo High, but unlike in the reverse fixture, stakes are higher this time around as the Mutare municipality outfit is now concerned more with fortifying their stay at the summit of the table.
Africa Trust director-cum-player, Lovemore Mandimutsira, said they respect, but not fear Mutare City Rovers.
He said their only source of motivation was the urge to prove the abundance of talent in marginalised areas of the country such as Watsomba.
“We are perceived to be a team based in a remote area and our source of motivation is the urge to prove the abundance of talent in marginalised areas of the country such as Watsomba.
“We have equally good players if not better. We certainly have respect for Mutare City Rovers. They are on the top of the table by merit, but we are in the same league, hence our standards of play are not that different.
“We are going to Mutare with nothing less than three points in mind. There will be no favours for Mutare City and they know that they can underestimate us at their own peril,” said Mandimutsira.
The Kenny ‘Bokande’ Kachara-coached team is leading the Eastern Region Division One with two points above second placed Buffaloes in a tightly contested race that also has Tenax breathing heavily down the necks of fellow Mutare teams.
Brian Chindima, the Mutare City Rovers chief of protocol, said they were preparing for the match just like any other match that his team had played so far in the league.
“We are preparing for the match against City Rovers just like any other match that we have played so far in the league. All we are doing is to take every match as it comes,” said Chindima.