Dynamos’ reputation at stake

Dynamos’ reputation as one of the top teams in African football is at stake when they trot onto the Estadio 22 de Junho Stadium on Sunday for their Caf Confederation Cup mini-league stage decider.

The Zimbabwean champions have been on a free fall and a defeat at the hands of less known Interclube will not do their reputation any good.

The situation has not been made any better by the 7-1 aggregate spanking at the hands of Esperance of Tunisia which saw Dynamos eliminated from the Caf Champions League.

Dynamos also have the duty to save Zimbabwean club football following the early elimination of FC Platinum, Motor Action, and Hwange in Pan African football.

Surprisingly, just before departure on Friday, coach Callisto Pasuwa was not talking about victory but instead said Dynamos would force a draw and qualify, something that does not inspire confidence.

Dynamos need an outright win to secure qualification although a one-all draw can still guarantee them of a place in the money-spinning mini-league stage.

The two teams played a goalless draw in the first leg in Harare, two weeks ago.

Dynamos go into the match buoyed by their 6-0 thrashing of Blue Rangers in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Rufaro Stadium last Sunday, with striker Takesure Chinyama grabbing a hat trick.

Chinyama is available despite the widespread rumou linking him with a move to South Africa before the Confederation Cup tie, and will partner Roderick Mutuma in search of goals for De Mbare.

The only notable absentee in the Dynamos line up is midfielder Denver Mukamba who has gone to South Africa before the Caf Confederation Cup tie.

Goalkeeper Washington Arubi is there to try and prevent Interclube from scoring.

After all has been said, it now remains for Dynamos to save their reputation and that of Zimbabwean club football.

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