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Pasuwa worried about losing streak


Dynamos head coach Calisto Pasuwa is worried about the league champions’ losing streak ahead of the second round first leg Caf Champions League away tie against defending champions Tunisian titans Esperance next weekend.

The Harare giants beat Mozambique’s Liga Muculmana 1-0 at Rufaro Stadium in the second leg, first round of the Champions League to progress to the second round on a 3-2 aggregate after holding the Mozambicans 2-2 away.

After that win, Dynamos lost 2-1 to Motor Action in the semi-finals of the Independence Trophy on April 11 in a match that Pasuwa rested most of the regular players.

Last Saturday, the champions fell 1-0 to Monomotapa in their second league match at Rufaro Stadium.

On Wednesday, Dynamos lost 4-2 in a penalty shootout to Hwange after finishing 1-1 in regulation time in an exhilarating third and fourth place clash at White City Stadium.

It was Dynamos’ second loss to Hwange in Bulawayo after they lost 2-0 at Barbourfields Stadium in the semi-finals of the Bob 88 Super Cup in February.

After Wednesday’s match, Pasuwa said the losing trend could be working against his charges’ confidence but they would be working hard in that area ahead of the tough encounter against Esperance.

“The better team of the day won. The formation that we used today (Wednesday) is the same formation that we would have wanted to use in our away match against Esperance, including the changes that we made in the second half.

“We are worried about the three losses so far as it could work against the boys’ confidence but we have to motivate them so that we are ready when we go to Tunisia,” Pasuwa said.

Former Legia Warsaw forward Takesure Chinyama rifled a thunderbolt which tore through the Hwange wall and past goalkeeper Timothy Sibanda in the 83rd minute after the coal miners had drawn first blood through a spot kick by former skipper Gerald Ndlovu in the 76th minute.

Devon Chafa, Milton Makopa and Tichaona Mabvura had a good game on Wednesday while Aaron Katebe and former captain Ndlovu kept the menacing Chinyama at bay.

Dynamos take on Black Mambas at Rufaro on Sunday in a league match.

After beating Dembare for the second time this year on Wednesday, Hwange technical manager Tennant Chilumba said it was a deserved victory and believes he has finally come up with a team for the 2012 season.

“I am happy and the boys have really gelled. It was quite a good performance. If we are to keep this form, I am sure we will go very far this season,” Chilumba said.

Young Francisco Zvikumbawire tormented the Dynamos defence of captain George Magariro, David Kutyauripo, Ocean Mushure and Partson Jaure.

The coal miners head for Gweru on Sunday, where they take on new Premiership boys Hardbody in their third league match of the season.

Tomorrow: CAPS United vs Harare City (National Sports Stadium), FC Platinum vs Shabanie (Mandava), Monomotapa vs Gunners (Rufaro), Blue Rangers vs Chicken Inn (Gwanzura)
Sunday: Dynamos vs Black Mambas (Rufaro), Hardbody vs Hwange (Ascot), Buffaloes vs Highlanders (Sakubva), Quelaton vs Motor Action (Luveve)

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