Dynamos and Caps fly Zimbabwe’s fly high in African football


Dynamos FC and Caps United kept alive the nation’s hopes in the Champions League and the Confederation Cup when they progressed through to the next round of their respective competitions over the weekend.

Experience proved to be the essential ingredient in the winning formula for the two teams in what was a weekend full of mixed fortunes for Zimbabwean clubs on the African Safari.

Dynamos ensured that the country’s interests in the Orange Champions League remain alive when they dismissed FC Lupopo from the Democratic Republic of Congo by 1-0, which saw them progressing to the next round courtesy of a 2-0 aggregate score line.

Midfielder Thabani Kamusoko scored the all important goal with a header in the second half after the visitors had threatened to run away with the match in the first half. In the first stanza the visitors had most of the possession, but they failed to find the back of the net.

Victory was even sweeter for Dembare, who on Sunday became the first Zimbabwe club to play in the newly refurbished National Stadium that had been closed for the last four years.

Compatriots and Champions League debutants Gunners were ejected from the same competition on Friday by record six-time champions Al-Ahly of Egypt who beat them 2-0 to advance 2-1 on aggregate.