Dynamos face AS Vita backlash

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THE performance by Harare giants Dynamos in last Saturday’s Champions League match against visitors AS Vita has left many doubting the team’s ability to progress to the next stage while How Mine continued with their fine run in the Confederation Cup
Dynamos played to a goalless draw against visitors AS Vita while How Mine routed St Michel of Seychelles 5-1 at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.
The drab match at the National Sports Stadium cast doubt that Dynamos will turn the tables in Kinshasa.
Dynamos at least need a scoring draw to proceed to the next stage where they are likely to meet Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa.
However, it’s not the first time Dynamos have failed to win in the home matches and went on to win in the away fixtures.
Many will remember Mozambican side Ferroviaro in 1998 who held the Harare giants to a goalless draw at Rufaro Stadium.
It looked like a mission impossible for the Sunday Chidzambwa- coached Dynamos going into the reverse fixture in Maputo.
However, Claudius Zviripayi’s goal was all Dynamos needed to win. That same year, Dynamos reached the final where they lost 2-4 to Asec Mimosas of Ivory Coast .
In football anything can happen.
The goalless draw Dynamos played to over the weekend can be overturned.
A scoring draw will be enough for the Glamour boys as they will qualify to the next stage on away goals rule.
Last Saturday’s display was one of the dullest shows for the Harare giants.
As a result, fans have begun to call for the dismissal of head coach Calisto Pasuwa.
His selection for the team that played on Saturday left a lot to be desired.
Playing a lone striker was condemned by most critics who felt it was better to have twin strikers so as to ensure the team wins.
Now pressure is on Dynamos to find the target in Kinshasa, the home of AS Vita.
Another element that baffled many was the positioning of midfielders Cliff Sekete and Tawanda Muparati.
The reigning Soccer Star of the Year was playing on the left wing while Sekete was playing in the middle.
The players were not familiar with the positions, but they improved after switching roles.
While match fitness could be another problem, the biggest one lay on team selection and no doubt Pasuwa needs a good assistant to consult.
The entire 90 minutes Pasuwa was standing on the touchline shouting instructions to players and never consulted anyone on the bench.
The 4-5-1 formation was largely condemned as it failed to yield goals. The two substitutions he made, introducing Simba Sithole and Russell Madamombe improved the game marginally.
Ronald chitiyo was the only silver lining in a dark cloud.
He was effective in the middle of the park and caused problems each time he got possession.
For this weekend’s tie, Pasuwa may need to psyche up his lads to avoid an AS Vita backlash.
However, the team failed to train on Tuesday after they boycotted training.
The players are owed their winning bonuses in last year’s Mbada Diamonds Cup and the match against Mochudi Centre Chiefs.
Meanwhile, How Mine face St Michel of Seychelles in the reverse fixture of the round of 16 of the Confederation Cup.
How Mine carry a healthy 5-1 lead into the second leg.
The Bulawayo side are not under pressure as they only need to guard their lead.
St Michel will need to score four goals without reply to win the two legged tie.
Kuda Musharu who has scored five goals in the Confederation Cup so far is the leading goal scorer for the African Clubs competition.
How Mine have proved ruthless in their outings.
Chuoni FC of Zanzibar fell victim to How Mine’s arsenal.
St Michel are the latest casualty on the How Mine onslaught.
‘Chikurupati’, as How Mine are known, have experienced players. Their defence is marshalled by stalwarts Hebert Dick and Gilbert Banda.
Both are seasoned defenders who have played in the Champions League and have earned several caps in the national team.
Menard Mupera, Nyasha Mukumbi and Ephraim Mazarura are some of the experienced players in the How Mine camp.
The job is easier for Philani Ncube who will be leading How Mine into the third round of the Confederation Cup.
They will meet the winner between Bayelsa United of Nigeria or FC Konzo of Congo.
The two teams played to a goalless draw in Congo last weekend.
Pressure is now in Dynamos camp as they hope to surpass the previous year’s efforts that saw them crashe out in the second round.

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