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Dynamos ready for Liga


Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa has been exchanging notes and relying heavily on David Mandigora for information and advice about the Castle Lager Premier League champions’ opponents Liga Muçulmana in the Caf Champions League first round whose first leg will be played in Maputo on Saturday.

DeMbare who played Motor Action in a NetOne Charity shield match and won 2-1, will look to employ a cautious approach in the first match to study their opponents.

Pasuwa said Mandigora’s experience in Mozambique and advice, had been useful and they would continue to get as much as they could in the next couple of days.

“He has been very helpful. He has been attending our training sessions and helping us work on a few aspects that he thinks might be important for that match,” said Pasuwa.

“What I have learnt from him is that the team (Liga Muçulmana) has got very quick players and they like to keep the ball. He says they are quite a balanced team so we should brace ourselves for a competitive match.”

Mandigora coached Costa Do Sol after joining them in 2010 leading them to a fourth-place finish before he returned home earlier this year.

He was in charge when Dynamos last took on Mozambican opponents, Costa Do Sol, in 2008, when the Harare giants triumphed 3-2 on aggregate in a Caf Champions League campaign.

While Pasuwa said he does not know much about his opponents, he said his team will be working on defensive organisation and trying to get on the ball first, weaknesses he discovered in the weekend’s NetOne Charity Shield clash with Motor action which they won 2-1.

“You could see that Motor Action players always got to the ball first in the first half, so we want to try and work on that so that we win loose balls. We also need to psych the players up so they are aware of what to expect.

“Such games can be very physical and they should be prepared for tough challenges. You could see some of the players were expecting too much protection from referees. The match on Sunday helped us a lot, so we will put in some work in the next few days and hopefully we will achieve a good result.”

While his striking pair managed to get a ball apiece, Pasuwa will still demand more from the pair of Rodrick Mutuma and Takesure Chinyama.

According to Pasuwa, the strikers will need to improve their positioning so they can take advantage of crosses.

Dynamos held a light training session yesterday afternoon after Sunday’s match and will get back to serious business this morning.

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