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Dynamos yield to pressure over players. . . as Al Hilal jet in without Sadomba


Dynamos have yielded to pressure and dropped the pair of Cuthbert Malajila and Farayi Vimisayi from the travelling party to Tunisia for the crucial Champions League tie against Esperance on Saturday evening.
Dynamos had included the duo in their 18-man squad for the crucial game, a move that was castigated by the players’ employers who threatened to take action against the Harare giants.
Dynamos secretary general Oliver Manyau yesterday confirmed that they had been left with no choice but to exclude the two from their final squad as they had no basis to field them on Saturday.
“Cuthbert Malajila and Farayi Vimisayi are no longer part of the team that will be travelling to Tunisia but I’m confident that we have capable replacements that can easily fill the void they are going to leave.
“However at the moment their replacements are still being finalised,” said Manyau. The Dynamos secretary general also said they had failed to travel yesterday afternoon.They could have travelled in contingents which would have compromised the team’s training arrangements when on arrival in Tunisia.
“We will now be leaving tomorrow night (tonight) for South Africa where we will board an Egyptian Airways flight and we should arrive in Tunis before midday on Friday (tomorrow),” said Manyau.
Manyau said they had initially planned to take off for Tunisia yesterday afternoon but they had a change of heart after they realised that there were not enough seats in the connecting flights that would have taken them to Ethiopia, Dubai and finally Tunis.
Saturday’s match against Esperance is scheduled for the El Menzah Stadium in Tunis and Chiweshe and his charges will be aiming for nothing short of a victory in this tie.
l Meanwhile, Sudanese soccer giants Al Hilal yesterday jetted into the country but were without their Zimbabwean magician, Edward Sadomba ahead of their clash against Caps United in the Caf Confederations Cup second leg match at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.
Sadomba, who destroyed Caps with a hat-trick in the first leg played in Khartoum, is only expected in the country this afternoon with the second batch of the Sudanese delegation. Al Hilal whipped Caps 5-0. Speaking after touching down, Serbian- born coach Micho Sredojevic immediately declared war on Caps, adding that he was taking the game seriously despite a healthy lead.
He said: “In football you can never tell. Football is unpredictable and we are taking Caps seriously. We know Caps and Caps know us and that will make the match entertaining. I must say I have great respect for Zimbabwean players.
“Zimbabwe is a good exporter of quality players. So we are looking forward to a good performance on Sunday. My type of play will be based on solid defence, creative midfield and sharp attack. I will not be arrogant and say we have already won the game because we still have 90 minutes to play.”
Sredojevic brought 19 players for the match which features three foreigners —Sadomba, Nigerian defender Ajibade Amolade and Malian Barry Demba. Caps chief executive officer Maxwell Mironga said they would not throw in the towel even if the writing is on the wall.
“I still believe we can salvage something. If they managed to score five goals at home what can stop us from doing the same or better? There is still something to play for. I know the score sheet is not looking good but football is a crazy game and anything can happen. It is going to be an entertaining match,” said the burly Mironga.
But the hosts will have to be at their best if they are to beat Al Hilal who have been crowned champions of the Sudan Premier League six times in past seven seasons.
They have won the championship 25 times during the league’s 45 seasons — thus making them Sudan’s most successful football team.

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