Harare giants Dynamos will seek only their second win of the 2011 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season on Monday afternoon when they clash with Masvingo at Rufaro Stadium.
From five games, Dynamos have lost two, drawn two and won one to leave them in 11th place with just five points.
On the other hand, Masvingo have enjoyed a fine start with two wins and three draws, leaving them at seventh position with nine points.
After a promising pre-season which saw the Glamour Boys beat all and sundry and then flying to a 4-1 win against MC Algiers in the Champions League, Dynamos were brought down to mother Earth when they lost to Kiglon
They were then knocked out of the Champions League before losing to Motor Action 2-0 and picking up two draws against Hwange and Highlanders.
Their only win has been the
2-0 victory against FC Platinum, with goals coming from Martin Vengesayi and Desmond Maringwa.
That is certainly not a good run for Lloyd Mutasa and the legion of Dynamos fans. What Dynamos need now is a quick response and a win on Monday afternoon.
Perhaps a change of tactics will do, possibly starting Farai Vimisayi for three- quarters of the match, could be the tonic and maybe giving Vengesayi more game time ahead of Rodrick Mutasa would be another plan.
No doubt, the presence of Maringwa for guidance is necessary, but when the pace of the game accelerates, he runs into trouble.
Devon Chafa is a good ball distributor, but cannot be as aggressive as Milton Makopa in the link position, which is what Dynamos is missing now. Makopa can win the ball, but can’t play it.
Denver Mukamba and Archford Gutu have had a bad run in terms of discipline and both missed yesterday’s Young Warriors-Botswana All-Africa Games second round, second leg qualifier at Rufaro after being red-carded in the first leg.
They need to get in the groove and be more creative, since it’s clear that Dynamos have not been able to score. In five games, they have scored twice frequently.
The defence of David Kutyauripo, George Magariro, Guthrie Zhokinyi and Augustine Mbara has been caught napping three times.
Masvingo, under Luke Masomere, will be no pushovers having hit the nets six times in five matches.
With no big names in their side and even struggling to pay players, Masvingo have not let that bog down their campaign.
Johnson Zimbabe and Saprine Muchabaya are some of the key players in that team and the pair played their hearts out in the 1-1 draw at Luveve last week against Zimbabwe Saints.
Three points will push Masvingo into third place, while Dynamos, if they triumph, will move into the top half.