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Pasuwa ready for battle


Dynamos will hone their style towards efficiency as opposed to entertainment, when they take on Liga Muculmana in the first leg of their Caf Champions League first round football match in Mozambique at the weekend.

A combination of limited knowledge about their opponents and the fact that they will be playing away from home has meant that coach Calisto Pasuwa will go into this match with his mind set more on containing his opponents, thus he will imbue both experience and young talent.

Liga Muculmana are not a team of sparkling pedigree, but they have shown in the preliminary round that they can be genuine pursuers of the lucrative mini-league phase posing a threat to Dynamos’ ambitions.

In an interview with NewsDay Sport yesterday, Pasuwa said he would ring changes to the team that beat Motor Action on Sunday to add more experience.

“I will come up with some changes definitely, we had a few younger players in that team who may not have the temperament of playing at such a level and especially considering we are playing away,” said Pasuwa.

“We now have a full complement of 25 registered players to select from, but we are looking at selecting a starting line-up with that ability to contain our opponents and then after the first half we will see if we can change the approach.

“The idea is to get a result that will make life easier for us when we play at home in the second leg.We will always play to win, but we have to be careful.We know we will play at full attacking throttle when we host them, but it will be important to utilise the openings that we will get in this first leg.”

The Zambian pair of midfielders Arthur Kaseloki and Derrick Kabwe has received their international clearances paving way for possible selection, but the duo is only just recovering from injuries.

Pasuwa knows defeat may undermine Dynamos’ hope of progressing, so his priority is to avoid such a result yet he is looking to destroy Muculmana’s spirits with an away victory, if possible.

The experience of Champions League veterans such as Murape Murape and Leo Kurauzvione may be crucial to Dynamos achieving the result they seek.

Midfielder Desmond Maringwa has recovered from another injury lay-off, but Pasuwa is still concerned about his reaction time. Of major concern to the Dynamos technical team, which also includes assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya, has been the defence which they feel will need to be better organised.

Patson Jaure and George Magariro partnered in central defence on Sunday in the NetOne Charity Shield final where they struggled in the opening stages of the match but discovered their strut in the later stages of the game.

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