Dynamos fail to use home advantage

Dynamos have put themselves in a very difficult position after they failed to use home advantage and were held to a goalless draw by visiting Interclube of Angola in the first leg of their mini league qualifiers for the Caf Confederation Cup at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.

After the game, De Mbare fans sang songs seeking coach Callisto Pasuwa’s dismissal, just as they did two weeks ago when the team lost 1-0 to newly promoted Harare City.

It was saddening to see Dynamos so inept, so lacking in creativity and firepower and a visitor to the country would have mistaken the biggest team in Zimbabwean football for second division side.

In fact, to say a second division side would be rating them too much for they played like a secondary school team as they could not string one or two passes together.

Denver Mukamba was arguably the biggest culprit because of the selfish style he seemed to prefer. Instead of passing the ball to the next man, he wanted to wriggle his way past walls of markers and the trick could not work.

The Zimbabweans, who looked more like the away team especially in the second hal,f now have to pull out what looks like the impossible when they visit Luanda in two weeks’ time, needing nothing short of a win.

A one-all draw could, however, also see the popular Harare outfit through to the eight team mini league stage on the away goals rule.

But judging from Sunday’s performance, Dynamos do not look the team that will win in Luanda. The team lacked confidence and the decision to field Zambian Arthur Kaseloki on the right wing instead of his normal midfield role stirred anger among the fans.

When Kaseloki was eventually moved to the midfield, Dynamos began to create space in the Interclube defence but unfortunately, no real chances were created apart from that lonely Takesure Chinyama shot at goal.

Chinyama, who was fielded in the first eleven despite training with the team for only two days, lacked match fitness and was justifiably substituted.

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