DYNAMOS’ bid to return to the CAF Champions League elite class continues to be plagued by their futile search for lethal strikers ahead of tonight’s preliminary player registration deadline.
BY MICHAEL MADYIRA
The champions are trying to atone for three successive unfruitful seasons in which they failed to make an impression in the more demanding CAF Champions League, partly owing to lightweight squads.
With expectations that tried and tested arsenal would be assembled into coach Kalisto Pasuwa’s war chest, much emphasis has been placed in addressing the strikers’ crisis.
Washington Pakamisa, Patrick Khumbula, Farai Mupasiri and Clive Kawinga failed to reach double figures in the 2013 season.
Mupasiri and Kawinga have been sacrificed with the latter battling a nagging ankle that is currently cast in plaster.
Returnee Simba Sithole showed glimpses that if he had played the whole season, he might have been a serious contender for the Golden Boot award.
Team manager Richard Chihoro revealed that Dynamos’ chase of the FC Platinum duo of Donald Ngoma and Nelson Mazivisa drew blanks after the pair committed their future to the platinum miners last week.
“We have no quality strikers in Zimbabwe although we will not look beyond boarders,” said Chihoro.
“Since we are battling to get strikers, we might be forced to adjust to a style of play that suits the type of players we have.”
Chihoro added that club secretary general Webster Chikengezha was not yesterday forthcoming to the technical team in player contract negotiations.
Chikengezha was unreachable to Standardsport for comment last night.
By then, no new player had been signed other than Themba Ndlovu who reinforced their defence from Buffaloes last week.
On their initial list so far appears most of the players that helped the club to a 20th league title this year.
The Glamour Boys were yesterday still battling to conclude deals with Triangle midfielder Walter Mukanga, Ronald Chitiyo and club-less midfielder Tafadzwa Rusike.
“Chances of signing Chitiyo are very bright,” said Chihoro.
FC Platinum winger-cum- striker Charles Sibanda and Bantu Rovers’ diminutive winger Kudakwashe Mahachi have both made public their desire to join Dynamos.
From their arch-rivals Highlanders, Milton Ncube is also said to be on Pasuwa’s radar.