Under-pressure Dynamos coach Kallisto Pasuwa is desperately looking for someone among his charges to save his job, in a manner that transferred midfielder Denver Mukamba did last season.
BY MICHAEL MADYIRA
After an early Champions League exit, Mukamba inspired DeMbare to help Pasuwa get a respite with an impressive form on the domestic front. But this time around, there isn’t anybody within the team’s ranks to restore lost pride and give the coach a lifeline.
Dynamos have had a slow start to the season, posting one-all draws in the three league matches they have played so far and now face unpredictable debutants Triangle at Rufaro this afternoon.
During Friday’s training session while addressing players, Pasuwa admitted he dearly misses Mukamba who is now with Wits University in South Africa.
Pasuwa advised Tichaona Mabvura to become a winger of Mukamba’s calibre by dribbling from the right wing, while pulling defenders into the middle of the field, where he would wrong-foot them and then shoot with his left foot.
The reigning Coach of the Year also told other wingers to dribble like Mukamba, whose brilliance saw him named the league’s best player last season.
“If you are left-footed, you will operate from the right wing where you would dribble from and get into the centre where it would be easier to shoot with your left foot. The opposite applies if you are right-footed. We need someone who plays like Denver. Just try to do exactly what Denver used to do,” said Pasuwa.
Mukamba’s dazzling performances used to light up Rufaro Stadium where he would score timely goals on a bad afternoon to rescue Dynamos on crucial occasions.
DeMbare share the same number of points with Triangle who have registered one win and two losses including a loss against Highlanders.
Left-back Ocean Mushure is out of this afternoon’s tie with an ankle injury together with Fransisco Zekumbawire.
Partson Jaure was expected to pass a late fitness test last night.
After impressing during last week’s Champions League match against CA Bizertin, Sydney Linyama is yet to be cleared by former club Chicken Inn.
“Injuries are our biggest drawback in this match and it is easy to see how they are badly affecting us. It is hard for the boys to gel when we are changing the team every week. This is a crisis. We have also been shy in front of the goal. The strikers are getting into scoring positions, but failing to score,” said Pasuwa.
However, defensive linkman Stephen Alimenda who missed the last two games due to injury makes a return after being discharged from the treatment room.
Triangle coach Gishon Ntini declared that Dynamos would have to shed gallons of sweat to win.
“Dynamos will not get the three points on a silver platter. We are not under pressure like them, so it is very possible for us to win this game. I know it is going to be difficult, but we are well-prepared for them,” said Ntini.
The club’s top marksman last season Tawanda Muyendi is still nursing an ankle injury he sustained towards the end of last term where he scored 27 goals. Muchineripi Muneri is also out injured.
Today’s fixtures: Hwange v How Mine (Colliery), Harare City v Black Rhinos (Gwanzura), Dynamos v Triangle (Rufaro).