Dynamos warned

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A fan joins Dynamos players as they celebrate beating Caps United at Rufaro Stadium.

FORMER Mochudi Centre Chiefs coach Madinda Ndlovu says Dynamos should not expect an easy match in the return leg of the African Champions League despite a comfortable 3-0 win over the Botswana outfit at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.

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Madinda, who is currently coaching Botswana beMobile Premier League leaders Township Rollers, is a revered coach in that country after lifting the league title twice with Mochudi Centre Chiefs in the last two seasons.

The former Zimbabwe international winger qualified Mochudi Centre Chiefs into this Champions League campaign after winning the league title last season. He, however, fell out with the club hierarchy which saw the two parties going separate ways.

The club then hired Serbian coach Dragojlo Stagnolovic as his replacement.

Ndlovu was at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday as Dynamos dismantled Mochudi Centre Chiefs with three goals in the second half to carry a healthy lead into the second league in Botswana this weekend.

However, while admiting Dynamos had put one foot into the first round of the Champions League following the comprehensive victory, Ndlovu says the Glamour Boys still had a lot of work to do in the return leg.

He said Mochudi Chiefs were a very strong side and that their performance on Sunday was not a true reflection of their potential. He said they were missing some of their regular players and predicted a tough encounter at the weekend.

“Dynamos are one foot into the first round. They play well at home, but they should not expect an easy game in the return leg. Mochudi are a very strong side and did not bring some of their regular players as I can see. I was surprised they didn’t have this attacking mentality. They should have got an away goal.

“But they now have a new coach who has got his own philosophy, but Dynamos still need to work hard. Remember they beat Gaborone United 4-1 here and they lost the return leg 1-0 in Botswana,” said Ndlovu.

The Glamour Boys were under the guidance of Elvis “Chuchu” Chiweshe at the time they lost to Gaborone United and now Kalisto Pasuwa, who has not won an away match in the African Safari since taking over from Lloyd Mutasa, has a challenge to push that dark era into the shade.

Pasuwa has, in the past three seasons, failed to go beyond the second round in the African Safari with campaigns in 2011, 2012 and 2013 all ending on a disappointing note.

Crucially, he has not won all the away matches in the Champions League and the Caf Confederations Cup. He has only managed a 2-2 draw against Liga Muculmana of Mozambique on March 24, 2012. Angolan side Inter Clube edged Dynamos 1-0 on March 15 in 2012.

Tunisian side Esperance also handed his side a humiliating 6-0 defeat on April 24, 2012.

Fellow Tunisian side CA Bizertin also thrashed them 3-0 on March 17 last year. Lesotho Correctional Services had upset them 1-0 in Maseru on March 3 last term.

So with such kind of away run, Pasuwa is a man in trouble. Pasuwa seems to read from a prepared template all the time-that whatever the situation — Murape Murape must play as if to appease certain people.

Playing at home, he had no business in using Tawanda Muparati and the old legs of Stephen Alimenda as defensive links, he needed more men upfront to get more goals. Clearly that team lacks Devon Chafa in that holding hub.

Double scorer Washington Pakamisa started off like this last season and he faded off and hopefully he will last the season this time. Russel Madamombe’s biggest disadvantage is “walking on one leg”; he can’t turn to the right and that gives opponents crucial seconds to recover.

Cliff Sekete, besides tumbling on his own and winning a penalty, did little to help Dynamos’ cause.

The sooner Chafa and Simba Sithole return the better for Pasuwa because the road will be trickier ahead. Oscar Machapa was not at his usual best in the match.

Dynamos will leave for Gaborone either on Thursday or Friday.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Well written article and excellent soccer analysis. Pasuwa is just a disgrace for Dynamos. This is weakening our team day and night. Though winning cups in Zim, we are performing dismally in Africa. The current team is almost torn apart. If we single out Patson Jaure and the goalkeepers, the team becomes grounded. One man cannot play a soccer game despite putting all his effort.

    • Your comment is premature bru. We have just played one game which we won anyway and you’re already tearing the coach and his players apart. This is pathetic. Is it too difficult to wait for the return leg and make a more complete analysis? You are the very same people who wrote off the Warriors after their first drawn match at the recent CHAN. Learn to WAIT.

      Back to the story. Madinda’s comments are good but I think he just wants to make people think his winning the Botswan championship last season was no fluke. He wants to make the be-Mobile league sound highly competitive, which it is not. Even if Dynamos lost to Gaborone United, we are better off saying Dynamos was very poor that day than say Gaborone United is a highly competitive team. The article says Madinda is “a revered coach” in Botswana. How come he was just ordinary here? Please don’t compare our league with that western one. We are far far ahead – CHAN can confirn. When Dynamos falters, the problem lies squarely with the coach and his eleven fighters. DeMbareeeeeee!

  2. True, but don’t forget that for every other that Pasuwa had targeted to sign for the worth cause, other people contributed otherwise.

    You can witness that players that he targeted were either discouraged, ask for unforeseen charges for their transfers or blocked from joining Dynamos, by people who have hidden agendas to wards the team representing the country.

    With or without those players, Chazunguza will play in the Championship League.
    (Madinda, you are a star, we take your advice to guard against complacence)

    Mr. Pasuwa, we are behind you, please lead the boys to victory.
    DeMbare for Ever.

    • Depends kuti uri kutaura kutorei. If u mean 3 points YES, if u mean the Zim Castle Lager Trophy YES, if u mean the English Premier League Championship NO! Taura tinzwe!

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