DYNAMOS’ MTN Caf African Champions League campaign reaches a watershed tomorrow when they face the mighty Egyptians Al Ahly in a Group A reverse fixture at Rufaro Stadium.
It is a match the Glamour Boys have to come right and rectify the faults of their last two matches, where they gave a good account of themselves but were terribly let down by their defence and finishing, their fortress in their 1998 campaign when they confounded expectations to reach the final.
It was not an expansive football, not entertaining, yet very effective and result-oriented.
They were well-disciplined in the backline with such men as Chamu Musanhu and Vint Fulawo marshalling the defence with aplomb, then in midfield, captain and holding midfielder Memory Mucherahowa admirably led his troops from the middle of the park.
Upfront, attacking midfielder Lloyd Mutasa had a scoring record envied by many strikers, while forwards Makwinji Soma-Phiri and Tonderai Ndiraya put away the few opportunities that came from the defensive style employed by their coach Sunday Marimo.
That kind of finishing prowess has been lacking in this Dynamos outfit. Remember Soma-Phiri stunning headed goal against Hearts of Oak in Ghana to earn his team a draw? This kind of predatory instinct has been lacking in this campaign for Dynamos.
Upfront they have the talented Edward Sadomba. But he is more of a wide player than out-and-out striker. He has had to burden the role of chief goal because the natural strikers have not been firing.
Credit to him he scored the two goals that sunk Ivorians Asec Mimosas in the first match in Harare, but he has also been found wanting in front of goal, missing a seater in the Cairo leg, which Dynamos lost 2-1.
And tomorrow in front of a capacity crowd at Rufaro, this Dembare crop of players will have their greatest test of character against the continent’s best.
By Enock Muchinjo