Dynamos Champions League preps snag


Dynamos Caf Champions League preparations could be thrown into disarray amid revelations a proposed four-team tournament in South Africa that was to feature local side Caps United and another match against Kaizer Chiefs is now in doubt.

The tournament, scheduled for Polokwane was being organised by cash-rich Mamelodi Sundowns and was set to involve Black Leopards, who will be playing in the Caf Confederation Cup, but up to yesterday there was no confirmation.

Sundowns head of technical team Trott Moloto could only say an announcement would be made in due course, when asked about their preparations for the second half of the season on the clubs official website.

Moloto though confirmed the team will be heading to Limpopo for camp to get back to match fitness. The final part would be to play in a tournament which still has to be confirmed.

The plan is to invite two teams from Zimbabwe and local team Black Leopards. But nothing has been finalised an announcement will be made.

The important thing, Moloto said, was to achieve against strong teams and Sundowns believe Dynamos and Caps United, will provide the test for their players.

Sundowns is home to two former Warriors captains Method Mwanjali and Esrom Nyandoro, Simba Sithole, Nyasha Mushekwi and Lionel Mtizwa.

Dynamos chairman Keni Mubaiwa said they will wait today for any confirmations.

There is nothing as yet. I doubt very much if it will go ahead because this is 12 days after the New Year and there is no word on it. Its the same with the Kaizer Chiefs game nothing and time is running out because you need to market the games.

We have been invited to the Bob Super Cup on January 29 and we need to know whats happening. We will see what happens by tomorrow and then we make plans, Mubaiwa told NewsDay Sport.

Dynamos will play Hwange in the semi-final of the Bob Super Cup on January 29 at Barbourfields Stadium while FC Platinum will face Motor Action at Sakubva Stadium on the same day. The final is set for February 2 two days after the first preliminary matches in the Caf inter-club competitions.

Debutants Platinum will be away to Green Mamba of Swaziland in the first leg of the Champions League. Motor Action will be away to Leopards while Hwange will also be playing away to Jamhuri of Zanzibar in the Confederation Cup.

Meanwhile, South Africa Absa Premiership side Ajax Cape Town boss George Comitis has confirmed Dynamos striker Roderick Mutuma had arrived at Inkamva for trials.

He arrived on Tuesday with Khama Billiat and will spend some time with us and play a friendly match on Monday after which we will then take it up from there, Comitis told KickOff.

Should Ajax require more time to look at the player, who banged in 14 goals last season, he might take part in a four team tournament involving Ajax, Santos and two Zambian sides Arrows and Zesco United, who feature former Railstars star Zimiseleni Moyo.

The tournament runs from February 2-4. The Ajax boss insists they arent letting any player go during the January transfer window as they have a lean squad of 25 players, although Billiat is targeting a move to parent club Ajax Amsterdam of the Netherlands.