FC AK not fazed by Dynamos

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

On paper Dynamos look favourites to beat FC AK in their National First Division playoffs match today, but Bahumi are not threatened by the Dynamites' good run against them last season.

They meet in the first leg of the NFD promotion battle at Eldorado Park Stadium and kickoff is at 3pm.

Dynamos beat FC AK 2-1 in the first round of the NFD campaign at the same venue last season.

But Bahumi made amends in the second round, pipping Dynamos 1-0 in Lulekani.

Dynamos were more ruthless against the Roodepoort club in the third round, winning 4-0 in NkowaNkowa.

However, it will be detrimental for Dynamos to read too much into the previous results against Bahumi.

Today it will be a totally different game and the hosts are keen to go for broke for a win to save face after their first attempt to gain promotion to the Absa Premiership was dashed by Maritzburg United who beat them 3-1 on aggregate on Sunday.

Lucky "Romario" Maselesele might be tricky for the visitors, but Dynamos' rearguard boasts the tough and mobile Rodney Thobejane.

Namibian forward Costa Khaiseb, who scored against United in the first leg, is another player Thobejane and company will need to monitor closely.

Innocent "Ayobayo" Mayoyo, Dynamos' coach, should start with quality players to put FC AK under pressure from the onset.

Mayoyo has a raft of such players in the team.

They include Klaas Galane, Nicholas Mkhabela, Joseph Mthombeni, Louis Agyemang and Alois Ngwerume.

Another player who could cause irreparable damage for Dynamos is Chris Manoka.

Bahumi are ready up front after Alois Bunjira recovered from an injury that sidelined him on Sunday.

"We are ready to compete with Dynamos and we have forgotten that they beat us heavily in our last match," Khwezi "Meneer" Masondo, Bahumi general manager, said yesterday.

But Dynamos' managing director July Malabela said: "We are going to Eldorado Park with a psychological advantage because we have never lost at that venue.

"We want to protect this record tomorrow."