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End of the road for Dynamos?


Four matches, one win and three losses is the sad story of Dynamos in the CAF Orange Champions League after losing 3-0 to Entente Setif of Algeria on Saturday.
Anchoring the log at this stage is not in the best interests of Dynamos and with a tough away encounter to defending champions TP Mazembe coming up next, there is no doubt chances of making the last four have dwindled. Mathematically, chances are still there — they can win the last two and move to nine points and hope for some miracle that TP Mazembe and Setif do not win their remaining games, at least.
The Zimbabwean representatives have three points, Setif are on four while favourites TP Mazembe and Esperance have seven and nine respectively.
In the past, Dynamos have performed well in the Orange Caf C hampions League when they are least expected to. With all odds against the Harare giants in 2008, the team surprised all most pundits when they stunned pre-tournament favourites and Egyptian giants Zamalek 1-0 at Rufaro Stadium.
To prove it was not just a fluke, they went on further to humiliate Asec Mimosa 2 – 1 in their backyard to book a place in the money spinning semi- final stage. But a lot of things have changed in the Dynamos camp: the 2008 DeMbare squad had players who could carry the team on their shoulders when the need arose — Edward Sadomba, Philip Marufu and captain Justice Majabvi.
On the other hand, inspirational midfielder Desmond Maringwa and striker Evans Gwekwerere have spent more time with the team medics than on the playing field. The team have also spent more time in player wrangles with Chapungu and Hwange over Cuthbert Malajila and midfielder Farai Vimisayi respectively, a factor that also impacted their performance on the field.
A host of players they registered, including Zephaniah Ngodzo and Stephen Alimenda, turned them down.
Gwekwerere, however, is still defiant.
“I should admit we have put ourselves in a tough position, but I believe in miracles and miracles do happen in football. We still have a chance to progress to the next stage (semi-finals). The team is strong enough to cause some upsets.”
“We played well against Setif and I am sure we can beat any team at Rufaro,” said Gwekwerere on their impending home clash against Esperance on September 18. As for the away fixture against TP Mazembe, Gwekwerere said revenge is all that is in their minds.
“They beat us here, we can also beat them in their own backyard,” said a confident Gwekwerere

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