Dynamos to travel 1 069km by road!

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DYNAMOS will have to overcome fatigue as they undertake a 1 069km road journey across two borders into Botswana to fulfill the preliminary round, second leg Caf Champions League football tie against Mochudi Centre Chiefs on Sunday.

SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Club secretary Webster Chikengezha yesterday said the team would leave Harare at 6am and was scheduled to arrive in Botswana around 10pm, a journey which could take them about 14 hours.

Chikengezha said there was nothing amiss about the travelling arrangements as Lesotho Correctional Services came through Botswana and left Gaborone at around the same time and arrived in Harare around 11pm for their first leg encounter against Dynamos.

“The team is leaving tomorrow (today) at 6am and is scheduled to arrive around 10 or 11pm the same day. The team will use the bus donated by Nyaradzo Funeral Services and it’s possible to arrive the same day,” said Chikengezha.

The champions will hit the 438km road journey to Bulawayo before another 100km to the Plumtree border post. From there, they will take another hour’s journey to Francistown, which is 95km from Plumtree, before a gruelling 436km journey to Gaborone. Dynamos are the second team in the last few days to travel to Gaborone by road after the Mighty Warriors also made the same trip for the African Women Championship qualifier.

The Glamour Boys got their goals in the first leg from striker Washington Pakamisa, who scored a brace, and midfielder Masimba Mambare.

Dynamos coach Kalisto Pasuwa and his troops seeking to defend their lead will have to endure a long road trip as the club faces a serious cash squeeze.

The Dynamos hierarchy had been hoping to tie down a sponsor for the campaign after their principal sponsors BancABC indicated that they would not be able to bankroll their African Safari although they would continue to help in domestic matches.

Dynamos have been boosted by the return from injury of striker Simba Sithole and midfielder Tafadzwa Rusike.

The two, who missed Sunday’s victory, have been certified fit by the medical team and started training yesterday.

Sithole had a tendon inflammation and had been rested for five days while Rusike had a minor hamstring injury. Should Dynamos manage to defend their lead, they will meet the winner between AS Vita of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Kano Pillars of Nigeria. AS Vita overcame Kano Pillars 3-1 in the first leg at home.  Should Dynamos progress, they will have no choice, but to get money for airfares to either Nigeria or the DRC.

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  1. Honestly it may not be a good idea to transport a football team in a bus that is used in funerals. Maybe am being superstitious!!

      • I think the bus was donated for this trip only, otherwise had it been given to Dynamos for good we would by now heard a lot about it as anything Dynamos is news!

  2. @mabhuqa,there is Plumtree boarder post and Ramokgwebana boarder post so your simple mathematics will tell you the answer.i two mfowetu.kkkkkkkkkkk.

    • Reporter please tipewo maserious with your geography unofoirisa vana who will believe you that thre are really two borders between Ziim and bots

      • Don’t be silly. Why is it said “we share A border with SA, Bots, Moza etc” if there are 2? Don’t confuse a border post or office with an actual border.

    • It’s 1 (one) boaderline and 2(two) exits. Unless if there is something spectacular about the 7km stretch in no-man’s land

  3. It might be a good idea to travle by road. Huge savings for the matter. But I think management should remember to reward the team for enduring this. Why not just increase their allowances a little since they should have flown anyway? Jus’ thinking wildly.

  4. Nyaradzo buses are not used as hearses but are therefore to ferry people going to funerals. So there is nothing superstitious about using their buses, otherwise we should thank them.

  5. Nyaradzo Funeral Service buses [a bad omen] for a team which claims to have 7 million supporters! If this not going to a honeymoon in an undertaker’s vehicle? Oh my God! If each supporter had contributed a dollar each at a convenient box office the wouldn’t the team be sitting on 7 million dollars?

  6. Nyaradzo Funeral Service buses [a bad omen] for a team which claims to have 7 million supporters! Is this not going to a honeymoon in an undertaker’s vehicle? Oh my God! If each supporter had contributed a dollar each at a convenient box office, wouldn’t the team be sitting on 7 million dollars?

  7. A good sub-editor would spot this error. One border. We share a border with Botswana. They should have made it an overnight journey, at least one leg of it since it’s not a 24hr border, last I checked.

  8. It’s a two-stop border if Chorundu is One-stop. Punctuation, spelling, grammar and facts are sacred. They used to be, at least

  9. A man crossed the Chimoio border (or two borders, as some will smile to read) from Zim to Moza daily, carrying about 20 bricks each time on his bike. He claimed he was building a home and Zim bricks were strong. Noone bothered to check what he had on his return trips (Moza to Zim).

    After getting enough of him and his 20 bricks, the immigration officials sent his bricks for forensic examination, but found nothing suspicious. They wld randomly seize the bricks for further examination but each time found no prohibited substances hidden in the bricks.

    Eventually noone bothered him. The SECRET: HE WAS STEALING BICYCLES and used bricks to divert the attention of the police, immigration officials, etc.

    (Funny & Interesting how Many of us were diverted from the real issue by the Reporter’s spatial disorientation)

    • In as much as your joke is funny, I must also remind you that Immigration is not there to monitor the movement of goods. Their job is to oversee the movement of people across borders. Control of goods movement is the responsibility of Customs officers vava kunzi ZIMRA officers naPasi.

  10. Heyi, which 2 borders mr sub editor? There is only one border btwn Zim and Bots. Maybe you think varikuenda via Beitbridge (SA), then rustenburg, zeerust then Border SA and Bots, havo madembare vopinda paGabs. Kana kuti geography makaidzidzira Ku st Nyoka here.dembare yakamuonepi iye munhu anonzi Chikengezha uyu, dofo zvaro, Lesotho Correctional Services yacho asi yakapiwa madirections naChikengezha here kuti izopinda nekubotswana rather than straight from Maseru, Bloemfontein, Jozi, Beitbridge, Zim

  11. If a team goes to Hwange by road it travels how may kilometres? So I don’t see any problems. Their only tiresome journey will be in some parts of Zimbabwe’s roads which are pot holed else in Botswana they will be on an airport tarmac to Gabs. It is very comfortable.

  12. DYNAMOS will have to overcome fatigue as they undertake a 1 069km road journey across two borders into Botswana to fulfill the preliminary round, second leg Caf Champions League football tie against Mochudi Centre Chiefs on Sunday. What two borders does the writer know geography at all

  13. Ivo vapfana vamuri kutyira this “long journey” by road vanenge vachitofara. I think ndivo vaita suggestion yekuti ngatifambei kwakachena kuti tinyatsoona mamiriro akaita zvinhu kunze. Anyway 1 069km is nothing considering that we have pregnant mothers, sisters, wives, cousins who are travelling to Dar es salaam by road vari muna Taqwa.

  14. Is 6am to 10pm equal to 14hours? Sorry may be there is some discounted hours since it is Dynamos. They normally get discounted goals as referees rule other strikers offside.

  15. I one border with 2 stop operations one 4 zim and another 4 bots. We can only say 2 border post btwn zim and bots talking of plumtree and kazungula border posts

  16. Kana musingazive musacommenter pliz, muri kuti nyadzisa. Road has two borders, exiting your country one, entering another country two. if they were going to cross one border it means they were jus exiting Zim and not entering Bots. Kana uchida zviedze oune cross a single boarder woregedza kucrosser rimwe racho tione kuti unenge uri munyika ipi.

    General knowledge to go into another country you have to cross two boarders.

  17. There is ONE border line and TWO border-control points, exit and entry. So its mischievous/ or disingenuous to say you have crossed 2 borders as a fact
    One guy from malawi was telling me they cross 6 borders to their country from jhb and i said whaaat, then he explained beitbridge 2, nyamapanda 2 and finallyinto malawi 2
    I just cringed

  18. There is no flight between Harare and Gaberone. That means they have to go through Joburg. 450 for each of the 22 players and offcials. The Joburg-Gaberone route is one of the most expensive and has weird times -pay another 560 per player and offical. Work it out and see how much that costs including hotels in Joburg if they have to wait for flights overnight. In most countries teams travel that much on buses and still win. Its not really a big bother, they have a cushion and can still win. The road is good and so is the bus- take the road Jack!!

    • Don’t demoralise our players after all we are sarving for the DRC trip coz Kano has already surrendered due to stricks by some team officials so zoraii vakomana ,l am leaving by road totay anyone anoda tibatsirane pa fuel and just being in campony

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