DYNAMOS could be without defender Partson Jaure and midfielder Masimba Mambare when they clash with Botswana champions Mochudi Centre Chiefs in the first leg of the Caf Orange Champions League preliminary round football qualifier at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday due to injuries.
BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
Jaure, who skippered Zimbabwe at the just-ended African Nations Championships (Chan) in South Africa where the Warriors left a huge impression after reaching the semi-finals — the first group of the senior football team to achieve that feat — has a knock which saw him missing yesterday’s training session.
Mambare, who joined the Glamour Boys from Highlanders as a free agent, was also conspicuous by his absence at the club’s Zimphos training ground yesterday amid reports that he also had a knock.
Dynamos will also be without defender Gift Bello, who has joined FC Platinum despite having already been registered for the African Champions League.
Team manager Richard Chihoro did not shed much on the extent of the injuries of the two players as he said the session was closed to the media.
“Jaure and Mambare have knocks and are the only two players from those that were in South Africa with the national team who are not here. All the other players are here,” said Chihoro through a pre-cast wall.
Dynamos coach Kalisto Pasuwa returned home on Monday from a successful tour of duty in South Africa and yesterday watched as his players ran through their paces ahead of the showdown with Chiefs.
The team has been under the supervision of goalkeepers’ coach Tichaona Diya, Philemon Mutyakureva and Chihoro with the club’s vice chairman David Mandigora also giving a helping hand.
Goalkeeper George Chigova, Oscar Machapa, Tawanda Muparati, Augustine Mbara and defender Themba Ndlovu were all with the national team.
Pasuwa now faces a huge challenge as he has three days to assess his players before picking his final team that will do duty on Sunday.
The Glamour Boys played a goalless draw against How Mine in one of their practice matches after defeating Black Rhinos 2-1 in Kadoma on Saturday.
The Dynamos gaffer will be hoping to carry a healthy lead into the return leg in Botswana next weekend. Should Dynamos advance to the first round, they will face the winner between AS Vita of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria’s Kano Pillars.
There are also chances the Harare giants will face South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs should they also manage to advance to the second round of the inter-continental club competition. Kaizer play Black Africa of Namibia this weekend.