Pasuwa sets NetOne Charity Shield target


Castle Lager Premier League champions Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa is targeting the NetOne Charity Shield opener against Motor Action next week as his starting point for success in the 2012 campaign.

Pasuwa spoke to NewsDay Sport after his team drew 1-1 against Buffaloes at Sakubva on Sunday. Almost half of the Glamour Boys players suffering from injuries managed to get game time.

Asked if his team was making good progress ahead of the upcoming season and the impending battle against the Joey Antipas-coached squad in the season opener, Pasuwa said he still needed to sharpen his strikers in front of goal.

“Yes, the Charity Shield is coming and we will be hunting for it, but we still have a lot of work to do in front of the goal. In the coming weeks this is something we will be working on. The good thing is most of my players are recovering from injuries.
Just imagine we had almost the entire team on the injuries list, but such guys as Murape Murape, Takesure Chinyama, Milton Makopa, Wonder Sithole, Guthrie Zhokinyi and Ocean Mushure have already made a comeback, save for Martin Vengesai — he might give us a headache, but he is set to start light training in the coming weeks,” the championship winning coach said.

During the match, Buffaloes took the lead just moments after the break through their captain Dananai Chinowawa from the penalty spot — after former Gunners player Phineas Bhamusi, who was in sparking form, was brought down from behind by David Kutyauripo.

The move by Pasuwa to bring Tineyi Chitora for Chinyama later in the second half, was a brave one as DeMbare started to dictate the pace on the middle of the park with the former Blue Ribbon man being the target on the right midfield link.

Tawanda Muparati restored parity through a close-range shot past the advancing Tapiwa Mafunga in goal for the army side.