Ndiraya frets over foreign duo’s fitness levels

Dynamos coach Tonderai Ndiraya

Dynamos coach Tonderai Ndiraya has expressed concern over the fitness levels of two of the club’s imports Ghanaian Martin Ofori and Nigerian Alex Orotomal despite contributing to the team’s current mini-run of three wins in a row.

Ndiraya started two foreigners Emmanuel Paga also from Ghana and Orotomal in the 2-0 victory over ZPC Kariba over the weekend with the former netting his third goal in three matches for DeMbare after an eighth-minute opener.

Orotomal was substituted early in the second half while Ofori, who scored his first goal for the club against Tenax the previous week, was an unused substitute.

The Dynamos coach explained Ofori’s absence from the starting line-up against ZPC Kariba.

“Ofori was in the team. He had a good debut last week and he scored but I think in terms of fitness he really showed that he is not at the level that we really wanted him to be,” Ndiraya said.

“Our foreigners are good, they are giving us something but I think it is the issue of fitness which is really letting them down at the moment and so we are working on them. Hopefully, soon they are will be fit and can fully run as well as adjust to our football.

“I was joking with them that we play a British type of football here in Zimbabwe, and they are used to their west African football where everything is slow. Here it’s about running, so it’s the running that we are teaching them to do.”

The other foreigners in the Dynamos ranks are defender Sylvester Appiah, who has been playing in Zimbabwe for over half a decade and striker Albert Eonde.

Dynamos seem to have struck the right chord in the last three matches, winning three matches on the trot to rise to third place on the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League log standings with 16 points in eight matches.

Bulawayo side Chicken Inn leads the race for the local championship with 19 points, while Manica Diamonds are second with 17 points after eight rounds of matches.

Dynamos play Harare City at the National Sports Stadium in Harare on Sunday.

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